Monday, February 11, 2013


Ainadamar (Photographer: Steve Di Bartolomeo)
A ridiculous amount of classical music goodness this week. I might even get to hear some of it. Young hot-shot Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the SF Symphony in a splashy program including Lizst Piano Concerto No. 2 & Prokofiev 5. Opera Parallèle presents 3 performances of Golijov's Ainadamar at YBCA this weekend. I've heard mixed reactions to Golijov's music, but this will be my 1st major exposure to him. If you like the violin, Christian Tetzlaff gives a solo recital in Berkeley on Tuesday, then on Sunday Leonidas Kavakos gives an all-Beethoven recital in Hertz Hall in the afternoon & Itzhak Perlman performs a recital in Davies Hall in the evening. Baritone Jesse Blumberg & the Del Sol Quartet will give one performance of Ricky Ian Gordon's chamber opera Green Sneakers at Fort Mason next Tuesday. I was lucky enough to hear a bit of it at a house concert last year. SF Silent Film Festival puts on some of my favorite film events in the City. They present a one-day event at the Castro on Saturday, including films of Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford & Murnau, all with live musical accompaniment. I'll definitely be at this one.

§ Heras-Casado Conducts Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

Magnus Lindberg: EXPO (West Coast Premiere)
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 2:00pm
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 8:00pm
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 8:00pm
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 2:00pm
Davies Symphony Hall

§ AINADAMAR by Osvaldo Golijov
Opera Parallèle
Conducted by Nicole Paiement
Directed by Brian Staufenbiel

Fri 2/15/13 8:00PM
Sat 2/16/13 8:00PM
Sun 2/17/13 2:00PM
Lam Research Theater @ YBCA

§ Christian Tetzlaff, solo violin
YSAŸE, E.Sonata for Violin in G minor
BACH, J.S.Sonata for Violin in C major
KURTÁG, G."a choice" out of Signs, Games and Messages
BARTÓK, B.Sonata for Violin

Tue, Feb 12, 8 pm
First Congregational Church

§ Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12, No.1 • Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, "Spring" • Sonata No. 9 in A major, "Kreutzer"

Sun, Feb 17, 3 pm
Hertz Hall

§ Itzhak Perlman in Recital
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Rohan de Silva, piano

Works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms

Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 7:00pm
Davies Symphony Hall

§ Green Sneakers
by Ricky Ian Gordon
West Coast Premiere

Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Del Sol Quartet

Southside Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg D
Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk); 7:30 p.m. (performance)

§ Silent Winter Program
San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Snow White (1916)
10:00 am
Musical Accompaniment Donald Sosin on grand piano

Think Slow, Act Fast: Buster Keaton Shorts (1920 - 1921)
12 noon
Musical Accompaniment Donald Sosin on grand piano

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
2:30 pm
Musical Accompaniment Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

My Best Girl (1927)
7:00 pm
Musical Accompaniment Donald Sosin on grand piano

Faust (1926)
9:00 pm
Musical Accompaniment by Christian Elliott on the Mighty Wurlitzer

February 16, 2013 • Castro Theatre

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