Saturday, March 17, 2012

This Weekend

UPDATES: What was I thinking? No electronica in Ameriques!

Some other concerts worth seeing:

San Francisco Renaissance Voices performs a program called The Legend of Hercules, consisting of music from the court of Ferrara, Sunday in Alameda. Details:
Sunday, March 18 - 5:00 pm
First Presbyterian, 2001 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
Tickets at the door or CLICK HERE to buy now!
The program repeats the following weekend:
Sunday, March 25 - 4:00 pm
All Saints' Episcopal, 555 Waverley St, Palo Alto

San Francisco Conservatory of Music presents a chamber music festival in collaboration with the Shanghai Conservatory. The first performance was last night (sob), second is tonight and looks great. Music of Armer, Shostakovich, Hartmann, Tchakowsky, and Zhou.

Clarinetist Brenden Guy and friends put on a concert by local composers; looks fantastic: Conte, Adams (John Coolidge), Pavkovic, Stillwell, Pike, Becker, Bloch. Okay, Bloch is not local. Sarah Cahill, Barnaby Palmer, Kevin Rogers, and Valinor Winds are also on the program. First Unitarian Church, SF, Sunday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. Free; donations requested, which will go to the Winter Homeless Shelter Fund.

Lots going on, only one program of which I'll get to because of my Los Angeles road trip:

California Bach Society performs German, French, English, and Italian madrigals in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively. Amy Stuart Hunn conducts; program notes are here. Tickets are $25/$18/$10, one of the best bargains around.

The Afiara String Quartet plays Sibelius, Nielsen, and Haydn at the Kohl Mansion at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Tickets are $45.

At San Francisco Symphony, American Mavericks continues with their last orchestral program, March 15-17, and closes with a chamber music program on the 18th. Mason Bates (Mass Transmission) and John (Coolidge) Adams (Absolute Jest, for string quartet & orchestra) have world premiers. I'm looking forward equally to Morton Feldman's Piano and Orchestra, with Manny Ax (whose name I got to type twice this morning) and Varese's Amerique, an early electronic-music classic. The chamber program has works by Meredith Monk and others.

(If you missed any of the Mavericks programs, WQXR in NYC will broadcast the happenings from Carnegie Hall. Details are here.)

San Francisco Choral Artists, under Magen Solomon, sings of Prophets, Kings and Klezmer (and needs a serial comma...) on the 17th and 18.

There may be updates to this posting later!

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