“It’s a Wonderful Life” premiers at SF Opera this week | Photo by Karne Almond

It’s a Wonderful Life at SF Opera
Inspired by the classic Frank Capra film about second chances, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life opens at SF Opera this Saturday night.

MTT Conducts MTT
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts his own From the Diary of Anne Frank this week at the SF Symphony. The program, honoring the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, will also include Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.

Oakland Symphony Premieres Ghost Ship Concerto
Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony and Chorus will perform the Brahms’ German Requiem and give the world premiere of the Ghost Ship Concerto this Friday night at the Paramount Theatre. The concert is dedicated to the memory of those lost in the 2016 Ghost Ship fire.

Brooklyn Rider at Herbst Theatre Friday
The rock stars of the string quartet world, Brooklyn Rider appears at Herbst Theatre this Friday night in music of Beethoven and four modern composers. Presented by SF Performances.

Volti and Left Coast Ensemble Present Two Premieres
It’s music on the cutting edge this weekend with the vocal group Volti and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, as they premiere The Tower and the Garden by Gregory Spears and The Witches by Laurie San Martin. Sunday in Berkeley and Monday night at the Conservatory.