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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Catch a Show at This Week's Kronos Quartet Festival (You Won't Regret It)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM


Kronos Quartet is one of the most fascinating, innovative, and long-standing musical groups of San Francisco. The neoclassical string group was formed in Seattle in 1973 by violinist David Harrington. When Harrington moved to San Francisco in 1978, the band stayed together, and now, 43 years later, still includes three of the four original members (Harrington, John Sherba on violin, and Hank Dutt on viola).

Most people, myself included, learn about Kronos through their collaborations with other artists and composers. They've worked with everyone from minimalist composer and keyboardist, Phillip Glass to hippy, psychedelic composer Terry Riley to Bollwyood singer Asha Bhosle. (Also worth mentioning: David Bowie, Nelly Furtado, Dave Matthews Band, and Paul McCartney.) In other words, even though Kronos is a string quartet, they're extremely versatile, experimental, and open to new things. (Which, in the world of classical music, is more than a little rare.)

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Friday, December 5, 2014

The San Francisco Symphony Nails the Holiday Season

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM


The holidays can be hard. When you throw legal injustice and riots on top of it, they can be, well, really hard. But it’s the holiday season. We’re supposed to be feeling good! And feeling good (at least for a little while) might still be an option, thanks to the San Francisco Symphony, which is kind of nailing it, holiday-wise. With this upcoming series of concerts, the Symphony makes patrons feel all safe and cozy in that way that only the holidays can do. It might sound cheesy, but if audiences need a little cheese this year, it’s safe to say that they’ve earned it — even if it’s just for an hour or two.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

S.F. Symphony's Dia de los Muertos Concert: A Perfect Corrective to a Week of Debauchery

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 3:30 AM


Considerations of more a more noble nature aside, it may be that this coming weekend, you'll simply be looking for a little culture in the wake of Halloween (or post-World Series) debauchery. Whatever the case, you'll find it at Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, where the San Francisco Symphony will host its fifth annual Dia de los Muertos Community Concert.

Yeah, sure, it's "family friendly." Yeah, sure, it takes place during the daytime. But unlike other celebrations of this morbidly joyous Mexican/Catholic holiday, the Symphony offers a concert program of real breadth, featuring collaborations with performing arts institutions from across the Bay Area.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Your S.F. Symphony Is Playing for Free to Mark Its 100th Birthday This Week

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 1:46 PM

  • Chris Wahlberg

What do we get when an orchestra turns 100 years old? (Besides very well-tuned renditions of "Happy Birthday," that is.) In the case of the San Francisco Symphony, we get a free concert with pianist Lang Lang.

The centennial birthday bash, which will be held in the Civic Center Plaza this Thursday (September 8) at 11:30 a.m., includes all sorts of goodies, like free Ghirardelli chocolates, ice cream sundaes for the first hundred guests, and Off the Grid food trucks with picnic provisions. Yum.

But before we dig in to the treats and enjoy the orchestra's performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, let's take a moment to reflect on the Symphony's first hundred years.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

5 Pro Tips for Surviving Your First Classical Music Concert

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Beethoven wants you to behave
  • Beethoven wants you to behave

If you're going to your first classical music concert this summer, you might be intimidated by the antiquated rules of concert etiquette. Perhaps you are wondering how you're going to survive without making a major faux pas. Fortunately for you, SF Weekly has put together a handy guide that will help you navigate the perils of the concert hall.

Disclaimer: This is a supplemental guide only. We are not responsible for any incidents of public humiliation or PTSD that may arise from your concert experience.

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