A surfeit of riches
The San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music hosted their annual extravaganza this past Sunday, Sept. 25, showcasing 35 different groups on four stages at the War Memorial Veterans Building. Running from noon until 8:00 p.m., this year’s free event delivered a good look at the variety of top Bay Area talent, and also focused on the history of the quartet form.
Song to the body beautiful
Providing a sweetly diverse program of short works, Smuin presented their Dance Series 01 at the Lesher Center for the Arts this past...
Vivid colors in Marin…
The New Century Chamber Orchestra opened their 25th season with a lively program in four concerts around the Bay Area. I heard them in Marin on Sunday, Sept. 18, and it was a study in coloration. This ensemble of twenty strings, led by virtuoso violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for the past nine years, will be shopping for a new Artistic Director this year. But in the meantime they are celebrating one last year of flings together, and...
Dream of the Red Chamber
Any moment in our lives is a distillation. Of our personal pasts, our societal setting, the slow evolution of the natural world. Theater, and arts in general,...
There is no revolution without words
It seems poets are at the center of San Francisco Opera’s opening productions in the 2016 season. While Dream of Red Chamber is laced with the elegant...