After what I thought was a fairly exhaustive and exhausting list of March happenings, I discovered . . . that I had left out a whole bunch of stuff!
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music joins with its sister school, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, to present an International Chamber Music Festival, 12-16 March. Among other events there are some evening concerts on 15-16 March, featuring music new and old: more information here.
18 March at 4:30 at the Unitarian Universalist church at 1187 Franklin Street in San Francisco, there is a Celebration of Bay Area music, featuring lots of local composers and performers, including Sarah Cahill playing John Adams's China Gates, which he dedicated to her. There is a suggested donation of $5-$10, which goes to the Winter Homeless Shelter fund. (I'd include a link but I don't think there is one.)
If you want to hear from the man who rescued Gance's Napoleon from oblivion, then you can go to the Pacific Film Archive on Friday 30 March to hear him (that would be Kevin Brownlow). Information on the talk here and on the SF Silent Film Festival showings of Napoleon here.
And the San Francisco Lyric Opera presents David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion, fully staged with a great quartet of singers (Ann Moss, Celeste Winant, Eric Tuan, and Eugene Brancoveanu) and directed by Urban Opera's Chip Grant, 23-25 March, at the ODC Theater on 17th Street in San Francisco. This Pulitzer-Prize winning work, inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen story and Bach's St Matthew Passion, is looking more and more like one of the key works of our time. More information here.
There you go. Good luck, and remember to turn off all electronic devices, unwrap your candies in advance, and pay attention because the performance you're seeing isn't coming back.