The local season announcement season has finally more or less ended. The summer festival have announced, and the last three local presenters have announced for 2011-12. My jaw more or less dropped when I saw the San Francisco Performances schedule; it's astonishing, on par with that of SF Symphony's 100th anniversary season.
The highlights include:
Tribute to Frederica von Stade.
Piano recitals by Marc-Andre Hamelin (Hamelin, Berg, Liszt), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Debussy, Schumann, Kurtag), and Leif Ove Andsnes (Chopin, Debussy).
Vocal recitals by Stephanie Blythe, Karita Mattila, Simon Keenlyside, Christopher Maltman (presumably rescheduled from this year), Dawn Upshaw, Mathias Goerne (whose pianist is Andsnes!), Jessica Rivera
String quartets include the Arditti (Beethoven, Berg, Ades, Bartok!), Brentano, Alexander (which will play a premier by Jake Heggie with Joyce DiDonato), Ebene. The Alexander takes their Bartok & Kodaly survey to St. John's in Berkeley, as well.
Stephen Isserlis, cello, and Robert Levin, fortepiano, play the Beethoven sonata for cello & piano.