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SF Symphony Opening Night Gala
The SF Symphony kicks off the Fall performing arts season with their Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, September 3
. The concert (broadcast live on KDFC
) will feature piano superstar Yuja Wang and blues/rock legend Bonnie Raitt joining Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for a festive program which includes Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
and Romeo and Juliet-inpsired music by Tchaikovksy and Prokofiev. Ms. Raitt will song selections from the American songbook. Cocktails, dinner, dancing details here.
Norma Opens Season for SF Opera
One of the biggest social events of the year promises also to be an artistic high point as Sondra Radvanovksy stars in the title role of Norma
in Bellini's delectable opera, opening at SF Opera this Friday night
at the War Memorial Opera House. Norma
will be followed the very next day
with the SF Opera premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah
with the incomparable Patricia Racette. Let the opera season begin! Details and tickets.
New Season Continues for SF Symphony
The 2014-2015 SF Symphony season continues! Join MTT this Friday and Saturday
for great music inspired by Romeo and Juliet
(Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev) and the Ravel Piano Concerto in G featuring the young Brit, Benjamin Grosvenor. Find out more.
SF Opera in the Park
Slap together a gourmet picnic, grab a blanket, and join me for one of the great events of the year, SF Opera in the Park! Golden Gate Park, that is. The free concert begins at 1:30 Sunday afternoon
in Sharon Meadow. The stars of the fall season, just underway at SF Opera, give their time and talent to a concert of hit arias, duets, and more. Be sure to stop by the KDFC booth and say hello! Details.
Rigoletto at Opera San Jose
Opera San Jose presents Verdi's classic tale of love and revenge, Rigoletto
. Containing some of opera's most familiar music, Rigoletto
will run September 6 through 21
at the California Theatre in San Jose. Click for tickets and more.