Monday, September 05, 2011

Upcoming Free Events in the Bay Area

Four biggies:
  • San Francisco Symphony's 100th Birthday Bash free concert! Thursday, September 8; 11:30 a.m., Civic Center Plaza. MTT, Lang Lang, and the whole orchestra.
  • Opera in the Park, by San Francisco Opera, September 11, 2 p.m. This year it's the Mozart Requiem and "inspirational music," commemorating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and I'll pass on the whole thing.
  • Cal Performances' second Fall Free For All, a full day of free performances at several venues on the UC Berkeley Campus. Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. I can't even begin to describe the riches, which range from dance companies to countertenors to sing-alongs to NCCO to ABS to....
  • San Francisco Opera's annual telecast to the ballpark. This year, it's Puccini's last, unfinished opera, Turandot, a glittering grand opera with truly fabulous music. Irene Theorin stars as the Chinese Princess; Marco Berti, last heard locally as a not-very-good Manrico, is her suitor Calaf; local favorite and Adler Fellow Leah Crocetto is Liu. Unfortunately this is opposite the Fall Free for All, on Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m. Get your tickets here.

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