Podcasts / KDFC's The State of the Arts

  • December 8, 2016

    The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players present a concert ‘played’ by the audience on boomboxes (and smartphones with speakers) called Unsilent Night this Saturday at 5:00, beginning at Mission Dolores Park. The piece, by New York composer Phil Kline is happening in more than 35 different cities this year, and was inspired by the tradition of caroling, coupled with Kline’s longtime fascination with tape recorders.

    Posted 12/8/2016 12:00:22 AM

  • December 7, 2016

    Berkeley Symphony will be guest conducted by Elim Chan tomorrow night, in a pair of works including the US premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s Symphony No. 4. It was a co-commission with Pittsburg Symphony and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. They’ll also play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Shai Wosner.

    Posted 12/7/2016 12:00:33 AM

  • December 6, 2016

    The collaborative chamber orchestra called One Found Sound continues its fourth season with a concert this Friday evening, of music by Enescu, Kodaly, and Copland. The ensemble performs without a conductor, and makes all its decisions through consensus – clarinetist Sarah Bonomo is one of the founders, and says that one perk of the way they’re organized is that they get to lobby for, and play music that’s important to them.

    Posted 12/6/2016 12:00:28 AM

  • December 5, 2016

    This time of year, there are more and more performances of The Nutcracker, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Handel’s Messiah… If you don’t have the kind of time it takes to attend full shows in person, here’s a cut-down and mashed up sampler-plate for you.

    Posted 12/5/2016 12:00:54 AM

  • December 2, 2016

    The chamber chorus called Sacred and Profane will recreate a radio broadcast the BBC presented on Christmas Eve, 1944 called ‘A Poet’s Christmas’ that blended choral music by composers like Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett with the poetry of W.H. Auden, Edith Sitwell, and many others. Director Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman will lead them in concerts in Alameda this Sunday, and in Berkeley on the 10th and San Francisco on the 11th.

    Posted 12/2/2016 12:00:44 AM

  • December 1, 2016

    Handel’s oratorio Joshua tells of the Biblical hero’s battles and victories – but Nicholas McGegan says that’s only part of the story. It was also reinforcing King George’s hold on the crown after ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ tried to attack Britain and reclaim the throne for the Catholic Stuart line.  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale will perform the work tonight through Sunday in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Berkeley, and Lafayette.

    Posted 12/1/2016 12:00:07 AM

  • November 30, 2016

    Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will bring a program called War & Peace: Harmony Through Music to two Bay Area locations this weekend. On Friday night, she’ll be at the Bing Concert Hall for Stanford Live, and Sunday afternoon, in Berkeley for Cal Performances. The concept is her response to the Paris attacks of last November, and she says it reflects the good and evil both in ourselves as individuals as well as in the world.

    Posted 11/30/2016 12:00:47 AM

  • November 29, 2016

    The Santa Rosa Symphony presents ‘Poetic Bells’ this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – with a program that was inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Music Director Bruno Ferrandis says they’ll be joined by the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus and soloists for the choral symphony The Bells by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

    Posted 11/29/2016 12:00:01 AM

  • November 28, 2016

    The end of Thanksgiving means only one thing for fans of Chanticleer: the beginning of their A Chanticleer Christmas tour, which this year has already taken them to performances at Spivey Hall outside of Atlanta, and at Durham, NC over the weekend. William Fred Scott, the ensemble’s Music Director, says their return to the Bay Area will be from December 10th to the 23rd.

    Posted 11/28/2016 12:00:10 AM

  • November 23, 2016

    Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker are touring the US, and tonight are playing a program of Brahms, Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg at Davies Symphony Hall. He says since he began his tenure at Berlin (he’ll be leaving in 2018) he’s liked to mix the old and new, and this is repertoire that their sound was made for.

    Posted 11/23/2016 12:00:13 AM