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

Baryshnikov and Defoe at Cal

Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov star in a surreal marriage of abstract storytelling, pitch-black comedy, and vaudeville. In a production "by turns moving, cruel, witty, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny" (The Independent, UK), Dafoe and Baryshnikov portray multi-faceted characters inhabiting a disorienting world, forced to deal with an unexplained and unwanted houseguest. The Old Woman plays at Zellerbach Hall this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Presented by Cal Performances.

SF Opera's La Boheme

The final offering in SF Opera's fall season is Puccini's beloved La Boheme.  With two superb casts alternating performances, La Boheme runs through December 7.  The line-up of stars includes Leah Crocetto, Michael Fabiano, Ellie Dehn, Nadine Sierra, and others. The production was designed by John Caird of Les Miserables fame. Click to purchase tickets.

Smuin's Christmas Ballet Uncorked

A Holiday favorite returns as Smuin Ballet begins performances of their Christmas Ballet in Walnut Creek this Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  Get ready for a traditional first half, which quenches your thirst for ballet perfection, and a second half that lets loose with a collection of fresh, fun, and fantastical pieces that truly uncork the senses. At the Dean Lesher Center.

SFS Youth Orchestra Concert

The SF Symphony Youth Orchestra serves as the training ground for some of our most talented young musicians. Hear them in concert this Sunday afternoon at Davies Symphony Hall. Under the direction of Donato Cabrera, they'll play Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique, the Prokofiev Piano Concerto #3, and more. Click for details and tickets.

Free Family Concerts from SF Chamber Orchestra

The SF Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to be able to present admission-free family concerts for concert-goers ages 3 to 103 several times a season. This weekend, bring the whole gang to hear storyteller Joe ben Izzy spin entertaining tales accompanied by the orchestra. In SF, Oakland, and San Mateo. Get details.

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