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This Week with the SF Symphony
Lots going on with our SF Symphony
this week! Songwriter and vocalist Angelique Kidjo joins the orchestra this Friday night at Davies. More Beethoven on Saturday as Lisa Ferschtman plays the Violin Concerto, and you can catch a free concert
of contemporary music with the Symphony at Pier 27 on Sunday at noon
. Get all the details.
Mendocino Music Festival
Summer means music festivals and one of the most enduring is the Mendocino Music Festival, now in its 29th year. The festival opens on Saturday night
with an all-Russian orchestra concert featuring violinist Livia Sohn (photo) in the Tchaikovsky Concerto. Click here to find out more.
Ethel Merman at A.C.T.
The biggest Broadway star of them all, Ethel Merman, comes to life in Call Me Miss Birds Eye
. Denise Wharmby sings Gershwin, Cole Porter, and more in this one-woman show at the Geary Theater July 8 through 19. American Conservatory Theater
Strauss' Ariadne at Festival Opera
From the man who brought you such operas as Der Rosenkavalier and Salome
, Richard Strauss, comes Ariadne auf Naxos,
performed by Walnut Creek's Festival Opera and starring Othalie Graham (photo). Michael Morgan directs and conducts the two performances at the Lesher Center for the Arts: Saturday, July 11 and Sunday afternoon, July 12. Find out more.
Pocket Cosi in SF and Berkeley
The Bay Area's Pocket Opera
, now in its 38th season, brings opera down to earth in accessible chamber productions, sung in Donald Pippin's charming English translations.
This time around, it's Mozart comedy, Cosi fan tutte
. July 12 and 19
at the Legion of Honor in SF and the following Sunday in Berkeley. Here's more.