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

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  • Films with Live Orchestra at San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony has a double helping of playing Oscar-nominated film music this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, they’ll be providing live accompaniment for the 2000 film Gladiator, with a score by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, led by Justin Freer; on Friday and Saturday, Christopher Dragon will lead the SFS in Germaine Franco’s score to Disney’s 2021 film Encanto. The performances are at 7:30 except for the Saturday show of Encanto, which is at 2 in the afternoon. The tale of a Roman General who is forced to become first a slave and then a gladiator, seeking revenge on the emperor who has taken his family from him, Gladiator has an epic score that will also feature the singers of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and soprano Ayana Haviv. The world of Encanto is one in which all the members of the Madrigal family have been given a magical ability – except (perhaps) 15-year-old Mirabel.

  • Sisters, Mothers, and Daughters with WAVE

WAVE, the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble, presents its Spring concert this Friday night in Berkeley, with a concert called “Sisters, Mothers, & Daughters: Women in Five Centuries of Early Music.” The concert is dedicated to Cindy Beitmen, their founder and longtime Artistic Director, who died last month from cancer. The singers will be joined by Peter Maund on percussion, Tobi Szuts on viola da gamba, and Shira Kammen on vielle for the concert, which will include “Medieval and Renaissance pieces by or about women from Isabella Leonarda, Caterina Assandra, Guillaume Dufay, Juana Ines de la Cruz, Antoine Brumel, Lucretia Orsina Vizzana, Nicolas Gombert, and more sung by our 18-voice women’s vocal group.”

  • FREE: Noontime Concerts - Shiori Kiriake

Tuesday midday, there’s a free piano recital presented by Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. Japanese pianist Shiori Kiriake presents a program that includes music by Michio Mamiya (who wrote the score for the Ghibli Studios film Grave of the Fireflies) and Akira Miyoshi, as well as J.S. Bach, Jean Philippe Rameau, Alexander Scriabin, and Maurice Ravel. She’s a student of John McCarthy, Director Emeritus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has won several competitions, including first prize at the 2022 International Amateur Piano Competition in Tokyo. The concert is at 12:30 on Tuesday the 21st.

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The Classical Team
The Classical Team
Published on 05.20.2024