Shotgun Players present Daylighting: The Berkeley Stories Project, written by Dan Wolf (based on real-life stories from Berkeley residents) and directed by Rebecca Novick, 22 May - 22 June at the Ashby Stage; more information here.
Cutting Ball Theater continues its run of the American premiere of Samuel Gallet's Communiqué No. 10, translated and directed by Rob Melrose, through 25 May. And the Hidden Classics Readings Series closes out its season on 4 May with Rabinal Achí, an ancient Mayan play translated by Dennis Tedlock and directed by Lakin Valdéz. More information on the Gallet is here and on the Hidden Classics reading is here.
The Berkeley Symphony closes its season on 1 May with a concert featuring the local premieres of some new music (Salonen's Nyx and Saariaho's Adriana Songs) and some very familiar music (the Beethoven 5). Joana Carneiro conducts and mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm is the soloist in the Saariaho, which is drawn from her second opera, Adriana Mater. The San Francisco Symphony will be playing the Salonen about a year from now, so this is a rare chance to hear a new big orchestral piece twice, with different ensembles. More information on the Berkeley performance may be found here.
The San Francisco Symphony presents Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Brahms 4, Lemminkäinen's Return by Sibelius, and the Bartok Violin Concerto No 2 with soloist Christian Tetzlaff, 14 and 16 - 17 May (details here); Tilson Thomas also conducts works by Fauré, Schubert, Grieg, Litolff, and Debussy, along with the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 1 with soloist Yuja Wang, 22 - 25 May (details here); and Charles Dutoit conducts the Poulenc Gloria, the Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, and the Fauré Requiem with soprano Susanna Phillips and Hanno Muller-Brachmann, 29 - 30 May (details here).
Check out Volti (under Choral) for new music by Ted Hearne (the SF Symphony's New Voices composer for next season), Melissa Dunphy, and Kireke Mechem.
Also check out the Berkeley Symphony (under Symphonic) for local premieres of works by Salonen and Saariaho.
The Center for New Music presents Hoods, a "chamber opera mash-up of the Red Riding Hood and Hekabe stories" by Carolyn Chen on 23 May; details here. ("Hekabe" is a more authentic transcription of the name of the woman usually known as "Hecuba.")
They also present Wild Rumpus Music on 3 May in a program of "reinterpreted and reinvented materials" featuring music by Lee Weisert, Eliza Brown, David Lang, Asha Srinivasan, and Daniel Wohl; more information here.
The San Francisco Symphony presents Ton Koopman leading two Bach-related programs: first by J S Bach and C P E Bach on 1 - 4 May (details here) and then only by J S Bach, including the Missa Brevis, on 8 - 10 May (details here).
The San Francisco Symphony also presents violinist Christian Tetzlaff performing Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin on 11 May; details here.
San Francisco Performances presents mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist Warren Jones on 3 May at the Nourse Theater, with a program of songs by Poulenc, Ferré, Brel, Coward, Porter, and the DeSylva/Brown/Henderson team. More information here.
The San Francisco Symphony presents baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky with pianist Ivari Ilja in an all-Russian program that includes the Shostakovich Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buanarroti on 25 May; details here.
Volti presents a new piece by Ted Hearne, who was recently named the San Francisco Symphony New Voices Composer for next season, along with works by Melissa Dunphy and Kirke Mechem. That's 17 May at St Mark's Lutheran in San Francisco or 18 May (at 4:00) at the Marsh Arts Center in Berkeley; more details here.
Chora Nova presents an all-Zelenka concert at First Congregational in Berkeley on 24 May. More information here.
The Lacuna Arts Chorale performs works by J S Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, and Distler on 16 and 18 May at St Luke's Episcopal Church (at Clay and Van Ness in San Francisco); more information here.
The San Francisco Symphony plays along with Disney's iconic Fantasia (as well as its lesser sequel, Fantasia 2000) on 31 May and 1 June; more information here.
This year the San Francisco Silent Film Festival moves from July to late May – 29 May to 1 June, to be exact. This year's programs look exceptionally enticing; they have great stuff every year, but this time they seem to have a higher than usual percentage of things I haven't already seen on DVD. They have great live music at all the performances, which are held in the ornate Castro Theater. Get more information, including the schedule, here.
The SF Jazz Center presents guitarist Marc Ribot playing along to Chaplin's The Kid on 29 May; more information here.
Cal Performances presents the Marcus Shelby Orchestra in a tribute to Duke Ellington. The first half includes Ellington standards, featuring Faye Carol and violinist Matthew Szemela, and the second half includes actors from the California Shakespeare Theater, helping present the Ellington-Strayhorn Shakespeare suite, Such Sweet Thunder. That's 2 May; more information here.
The SF Jazz Center presents violinist Regina Carter paying (and playing) tribute to her southern grandfather, 1 - 4 May (more information here); they also have The Bad Plus 8 - 11 May, with their version of The Rite of Spring on the 8th and 11th (more details here).
Cal Performances presents cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han demonstrating The Unfolding of Music with sonatas by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Britten; that's at First Congregational Church on 3 May; more information here.
Cal Performances presents statistician Nate Silver on 4 May; more information here.
City Arts & Lectures presents soprano Jessye Norman in conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas on 13 May; details here.