02 January 2010

fun stuff I may or may not get to: January

Some may consider this month the start of a new year, but theater-goers know that the year really begins in September and ends in June. So here we are, almost at the half-way point! Good for us.

I always seem to have more concerts presented by San Francisco Performances in the second half of the season, so I’m only slightly surprised that I have five in January:

On January 10, Steven Isserlis and Kirill Gerstein play music for cello and piano by Britten, Schumann, and Rachmaninov.

On January 12, Nathan Gunn is accompanied by his wife Julie in Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.

On January 22, Richard Goode plays music by Bach, Haydn, and Schumann.

Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company appears Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24.

Violist David Aaron Carpenter plays music by York Bowen, Rebecca Clarke, Penderecki, Prokofiev, and Piazzola and January 24.

And on Sunday, January 31, there is a "Day of Exploration" of new music with Midori (schedule here).

Cutting Ball Theater has extended The Bald Soprano once again, until January 24. And their Hidden Classics Reading Series has a really interesting-looking program on Sunday, January 31: a Medea double-bill, featuring versions by Euripides and Seneca.

And speaking of the classics, ACT presents Timberlake Wertenbaker’s adaptation of Racine’s Phedre.

Ensemble Parallele presents a chamber-opera version of Berg’s Wozzeck on January 30 and 31.

George Benjamin is this year’s Phyllis C. Wattis Composer in Residence at the San Francisco Symphony, and is here for a couple of weeks of concerts.

And San Francisco Ballet opens with a revival of its new production of Swan Lake.

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