05 June 2013

fun stuff I may or may not get to: June 2013

To pick up where I left off on my preview of this preview, Cal Performances closes out its season with its annual presentation of Ojai North; this year's director is Cal Performances favorite Mark Morris. A highlight is sure to be the world premiere of Spring, Spring, Spring, Morris's new version of The Rite of Spring as rescored by The Bad Plus and featuring the Mark Morris Dance Group, but the entire schedule is jampacked with enticements, some free, and I encourage you to check it all out here. The festival runs 12 - 15 June.

San Francisco Opera closes out its season with Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman, and the world premiere of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalen. The Opera has also sponsored a host of Magdalen-related ancillary events, some of which are upcoming. Performances of all three operas runs through early July.

The San Francisco Symphony closes its season with a strong series of concerts: Kirill Karabits conducts Honegger's Pacific 231 and the Sibelius 2, along with Britten's Double Concerto, featuring Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik and principal Violist Jonathan Vinocour, 6 - 9 June; Roberto Abbado conducts Schumann's Genoveva Overture, the USA premiere of Ivan Fedele's Scena, the Schubert 3, and the Schumann Piano Concerto, with soloist Jonathan Biss (returning to Schumann and San Francisco after his excellent four-concert series earlier this year for San Francisco Performances), 13 - 15 June; Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Stravinsky in honor of the centennial of The Rite of Spring: first up is the Rite, Agon, and the Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham, 19 - 20 June, followed by an exploration of Stravinsky's Russian roots, on a program featuring the Rite, Les Noces, and Russian folk songs with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, 21 - 22 June; then for the season finale Tilson Thomas leads West Side Story, 27 June - 2 July, with Alexandra Silber as Maria and Cheyenne Jackson as Tony. I haven't heard her before, but I heard him in Finian's Rainbow on Broadway about three years ago; he's a very winning leading man.

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents The Hitchcock 9, nine silent Hitchcock films newly restored by the British Film Institute, with live music. That's at the Castro Theater, 14 - 16 June. The Festival also offers a special Hitchcock walking tour of San Francisco on Saturday, 15 June.

The Cutting Ball Theater's Hidden Classics series closes its season with Leonid Andreev's The Black Masks, in a new translation by Allison Horsley, at 1:00 on Sunday 9 June. And Andrew Saito's Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night, which I recommend highly, runs through 16 June.

Ray of Light Theater presents Sondheim's Into the Woods, 31 May - 29 June.

Crowded Fire Theater presents 410 [GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, 6 - 29 June, at Thick House Theater in San Francisco.

The New Conservatory Theatre Center presents Charles Busch's The Divine Sister, 31 May - 29 June.

And the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco presents recent works by women composers; two concerts remain in the run, Friday 7 June at 5:00 in the Solarium Atrium at 55 2nd Street, San Francisco, and Saturday 8 June at 7:30 at St Matthew's Lutheran Church at 3281 16th Street in San Francisco. Performances are free but donations are encouraged and appreciated.

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