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“Trio”: Three Upcoming NorCal Events We Think You’ll Enjoy Each Week

Zakiyah Caldwell Burroughs

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Zakiyah Caldwell Burroughs

• Lawrence Brownlee at San Francisco Performances

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee returns to San Francisco Performances this Thursday evening (29) with pianist Kevin Miller, for a recital with the program title “Rising,” inspired by a Grammy-nominated recording he released last June on Warner Classics. He’s commissioned several African-American composers of today to set songs based on the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. The composers represented include Jasmine Barnes, Brandon Spencer, Joel Thompson, Shawn Okpebholo, and Damien Sneed. The second half of the program is made up of a set of the bel canto arias for which he’s known, by Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, and Bellini. The concert is at Herbst Theatre, at 7:30 Thursday night.

• A Saariaho Celebration

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble has two performances this weekend, one in Berkeley, and one in San Francisco, of a program they’re calling “Butterflies, Moons, and Mirrors: A SAARIAHO CELEBRATION.” It includes four chamber works by the late Kaija Saariaho, as well as a flute sonata by Prokofiev, miniatures by California composers Kay Rhie and Monica Chew, and Five Haiku by Tomàs Piere Serrate. That last piece was the ensemble’s 2022 Composition Contest Winner. “Saariaho’s rapt attention to every sound is remembered and expored in this concert for flute, cello and piano. Her music invites the listener to hear the pieces that surround it.” The performances are at the Berkeley Piano Club on Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday afternoon at 4 at Noe Valley Ministry.

• FREE: Many Voices, One Art Festival

A festival for fans of choral singing – This Saturday, March 2nd, the San Francisco Bach Choir presents its free festival of community choral workshops, called Many Voices, One Art – 2024. It runs from 9:30 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon at San Francisco’s Calvary Presbyterian Church. There are three sets of three workshops, with covering a wide variety of topics: “An introduction to Georgian Polyphony” from a singer from the ensemble Kitka, “The Rich World of Bach’s Chorales,” “Body Music” led by Keith Terry, “Old-Time Harmony Singing” with Evie Ladin, “Joyful Noise Gospel Workshop” with Rita Lackey, “Community CircleSinging” with David Worm, and more! It’s a free event, but you can register here. “All are welcome – no music reading of vocal training necessary.”

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The Classical Team
The Classical Team
Published on 02.26.2024