September Season Openings...The Symphony Gala and Opera celebrations aside, there’s a slightly slower Rollout to the Arts Season this Fall, with many groups not getting underway until October and later; but here’s a brief roundup of some of the other ensembles and organizations that are hitting the ground running this month.

You can find more information to the seasons at the links below.

The Steinway Society – The Bay Area presents a Sunday evening recital in Saratoga with Jon Nakamatsu playing Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin; they have 7 more concerts through May, including artists like Beatrice Rana and Alessio Bax. Chanticleer has six concerts in five locations of a program called ‘My Secret Heart’ that runs from the 17th to the 25th of September. They’ll return with their Christmas program, and in the spring will have another joint performance with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, which begins its season with guest soloist Inon Barnatan playing Mozart from the 15th to the 18th. This is the ensemble’s 25 season, and the final one with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as music director. The season will end with a festival in her honor in May. Redwood Symphony will be presenting a semi-staged version of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht on the 24th of September. Their season includes six regular concerts, plus one for Halloween and a free outdoor concert in June. Stanford Live begins its season on the 29th with the complete Etudes of Philip Glass in concert, with the composer himself joined by five other pianists to play the 20 pieces. And Cal Performances presents the world premiere of a new collaboration between Mark Morris Dance Group and the Silk Road Ensemble: a new telling in movement and music of the ancient Persian tragic love story of Layla and Majnun.

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