Nicholas Phan and Brooklyn Rider find meaning in song at PIVOT

United StatesUnited States Various, PIVOT Festival [1]: Nicholas Phan (tenor), Brooklyn Rider (Johnny Gandelsman, Colin Jacobsen [violins], Nicholas Cords [viola], Michael Nicolas [cello]). Presented by San Francisco Performances, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, 21.10.2021. (HS)

Brooklyn Rider and Nicholas Phan (tenor)

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Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jeremy Denk, Claire Chase and the SFS take wing with colorful bird music

United StatesUnited States Various, ‘Exotic Birds’: Jeremy Denk (piano), Claire Chase (flute), San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 17.10.2021. (HS)

Claire Chase playing Saariaho’s Oiseaux exotiques (c) Kristen Loken

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Elza van den Heever, Matthew Ozawa and Eun Sun Kim bring distinction and glory to SFO’s new Fidelio

United StatesUnited States Beethoven, Fidelio: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Eun Sun Kim (conductor). War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. 14.10.2021. (HS)

James Creswell (Rocco), Elza van den Heever (Leonore) and Greer Grimsley (Don Pizarro) © Cory Weaver

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High-energy season opener for Esa-Pekka Salonen’s San Francisco Symphony

United StatesUnited States San Francisco Symphony’s ‘Re-Opening Night’: esperanza spalding (bass and vocals), Leo Genovese (piano), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), Ravi Coltrane (tenor sax), dancers from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 1.10.2021. (HS)

esmeralda spalding sings Wayne Shorter’s Gaia (c) Drew Altizer Photography

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San Francisco Opera’s ‘Homecoming’ concert knocks it out of the park

United StatesUnited States Live and In Concert: The Homecoming’: Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano), Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano), San Francisco Opera Orchestra / Eun Sun Kim (conductor). War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 10.9.2021. (HS)

Rachel Willis-Sorensen (r), Jamie Barton (l) and Eun Sun Kim conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra (c) Corey Weaver

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