Monday, October 31

The melody of a Gregorian chant tune has been used by composers to frighten listeners for centuries: it’s the Dies Irae, or “Day of Wrath” for a Halloween scare.

Tuesday, November 1

Yo-Yo Ma has once again teamed up with some unexpected collaborators for his latest genre-defying CD.

Want to learn more? Yo-Yo Ma's latest release is also the KDFC Bonus CD of the Week this week. Click here to read about it, buy the CD, or get it on iTunes!

Wednesday, November 2

Niccolo Paganini’s 24th Caprice has inspired variations by Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and now Marc-Andre Hamelin, who performs the North American premiere tonight at the Herbst Theater.

Thursday, November 3

It’s the duel of the Dons… the San Francisco Symphony has Don Juan by Richard Strauss, and across the street, San Francisco Opera presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Friday, November 4

Donato Cabrera will conduct the San Francisco Symphony’s “Dia de los Muertos” concert on Saturday, with exhibits and activities celebrating Mexican music and culture. 

Donato Cabrera on preparations for Saturday's concert:

Monday, November 7

Composer-pianist Ludovico Einaudi is in concert in San Francisco tonight… He already straddles several genres, but now he can add another to the list.

Tuesday, November 8

A new release from Zenph Studios called Spanish Masters features cellist Zuill Bailey accompanied by composer Manuel de Falla, through a process they call "re-performance". 

Spanish Masters is also the KDFC Bonus CD of the Week this week. Click here to read about it, buy the CD, or get it on iTunes!

Wednesday, November 9

Music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra start their east-coast tour with a concert tonight at the famed Mechanic's Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Thursday, November 10

Opera San Jose has paired two tales of love gone horribly wrong. Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and Francis Poulenc's La Voix humaine (The Human Voice) – a work for one singer, a woman being jilted by her lover on the telephone.

It's also one of Dianne's Top-5 this week! 

Friday, November 11

Classical Revolution is the group of chamber musicians who play at Revolution Cafe in the Mission District every Monday night. They're five years old, and releasing their first CD, from the founding members' Music Arts Quintet.

Tuesday, November 15

Former San Francisco Ballet prima ballerina Muriel Maffre returns to a Bay Area stage, to dance in a production of "The Soldier's Tale" she's co-directing at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. But she's also acting as puppeteer for the title character, as he's tempted by the devil to give up his violin.

Wednesday, November 16

The next concert in the SFJazz Series called "Soulful Singers" will feature Anonymous 4 at Grace Cathedral, where the acoustics keep notes reverberating for seven seconds before they fade away.

It's also on Dianne's Top 5 this week!

Thursday, November 17

Berkeley's Crowden Center for Music in the Community presents a concert Saturday evening… of music by students who are "John Adams Young Composers", as played by the Sierra Ensemble, a professional horn trio. 

Friday, November 18

A concert this Saturday of the music of French composer Philippe Hersant will include the American premiere of a viola concerto called "Musical Humors". It's a contemporary piece that gets inspiration from a Baroque-era Scottish composer and viola da gamba player Tobias Hume.  There's more information about the concert here.

Monday, November 21

Violinist Gil Shaham returns to Davies Symphony Hall this week for three concerts of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony. He's also just been named "Instrumentalist of the Year" by the journal Musical America.

Tuesday, November 22

The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society has its 30th Annual Classical Piano Fest this weekend, with two up and coming soloists selected and joined by the Mack McCray, Chair of the Piano department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.&nbsnbsp;

Wednesday, November 23

Mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen returns to the San Francisco Opera – where she was once an Adler Fellow – to sing the lead in Bizet's Carmen, a character she calls both sexy and smart.

Monday, November 28

This time of year, you're very likely to be able to find performances of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Handel's Messiah.  But who has all that time? Here's a seasonal mashup to whet your appetite.

Tuesday, November 29

The live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera begin their season (airing Saturday mornings on KDFC)  this weekend. It's a season that starts in the Baroque, and includes a "new" work with music from that era by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others.

Find out more about the whole season here!

Wednesday, November 30

The Brentano String Quartet will be playing in San Francisco's Herbst Theatre this Sunday, with a program called "Fragments: Connecting Past and Present" that pairs newly commissioned works with unfinished pieces by Mozart, Schubert, Bach, Shostakovich and others that served as inspiration.