Dianne's Top 5

Hi, it's Dianne. Here are my top five events for this week - also - click the button to the right to search our classical events calendar

SF Symphony on Bald Mountain

Conductor James Gaffigan leads an exhilarating concert featuring the "absolutely stunning" (Chicago Tribune) Simone Lamsma performing Prokofiev's passionate Violin Concerto No. 2. Opening the program, the Symphony performs Mussorgsky’s musical thunderbolt, A Night on Bald Mountain, the evocative tone poem inspired by stories from Russian folklore. Then, hear R. Strauss’ arresting “Dance of the Seven Veils.” This Thursday through Sunday at Davies Symphony Hall. Get tickets.

Emanuel Ax in Bay Area This Weekend

The wonderful pianist Emanuel Ax will perform a recital this Friday night at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park and on Sunday afternoon at Cal Performances. The program will include selections by Chopin and Schubert.

St. Michael Trio with Peninsula Symphony

Join the Saint Michael Trio for a program of jazz, blues, and standards, as this entertaining ensemble combines with the Peninsula Symphony for an unforgettable concert this Friday and Saturday in Redwood City and Campbell. Get details.

Something New at Symphony Silicon Valley

Hear two of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts' works for orchestra on this weekend's concerts by Symphony Silicon Valley. Violin soloist Mayuko Kamio (photo) is featured in showpieces by both Dmitri Kabalevsky and Lukas Foss. Also on the program, Bernstein's Fancy Free Ballet. Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the California Theatre in San Jose. Here's more.

Meet the Composers Family Concerts

The SF Chamber Orchestra invites you to a series of free family concerts this weekend, designed to introduce the youngest among us to live classical music. Meet the Composers features Mr. Mozart and Mr. Bach in a 45-minute musical presentation. In San Francisco, Oakland, and San Mateo. Here's more.

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