30 April 2012

fun stuff I may or may not get to: May 2012

On 4 May Old First Concerts presents Lara Downes in Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined, which includes responses to the Goldberg Variations by composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Lukas Foss, Bright Sheng, David del Tredici, William Bolcom, and others. And while I'm mentioning Downes, let me draw your attention to my blogroll to the right, where you can find her fascinating blog, On the Bench: Conversations with Other Pianists.

Volti concludes its season with further adventures in new choral music, 4 - 6 May in various locations.

Cutting Ball Theater presents Tenderloin, written and directed by Annie Elias, 27 April to 27 May. Their Hidden Classics Reading Series continues its Strindberg celebration with The Stronger, Pariah, and Simoon on 6 May and The Keys to Heaven on 20 May.

The American Bach Soloists present Bach's Easter Oratorio and other cantatas, 4 - 7 May in different locations each day.

The New Century Chamber Orchestra closes out its season with an exciting-looking concert that includes Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night) and Commedia dell'Arte, a world premiere by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich; 10-13 May in varied locations.

ACT has Bill Irwin in two Beckett plays, Endgame and Play, 9 May to 3 June, replacing the previously announced Twelfth Night.

The Shotgun Players present Adam Chanzit's The Great Divide, originally described as "adapted from" Ibsen's An Enemy of the People but now described as "inspired by" that play, 16 May - 17 June.

San Francisco Ballet closes out its season with Don Quixote, 27 April to 6 May.

San Francisco Performances closes out its season with lots of Beethoven, including Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin in two programs of works for cello and fortepiano, 19 - 20 May, and Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov playing sonatas for violin and piano, 30 May.

Cal Performances has Dianne Reeves on 4 May and Peter Serkin playing works by Knussen, Wuorinen, Takemitus, and Beethoven (Diabelli Variations) on 8 May.

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in a program exploring musical life in California from the Gold Rush to the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, 10 - 12 May; Hilary Hahn plays the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 on 24 - 27 May, in a program led by Osmo Vanska that also includes Kalevi Aho and Shostokovich. In between the Symphony hosts Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for two separate programs, the first of which includes Magnus Lindberg's recent Piano Concerto No. 2, with Yefim Bronfman as the soloist.

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