San Francisco Performances announces new season

The San Francisco debuts of New York Polyphony and the Danish String Quartet, the return of dancer-choreographer Wendy Whelan, appearances by tenor Lawrence Brownlee and soprano Dawn Upshaw and a “[email protected]program featuring revered composer Philip Glass are among the highlights of San Francisco Performances’ 2017-18 season, announced April 3 by the organization’s president, Melanie Smith.

The season – S.F. Performances’ 38th – runs October 1, 2017, through May 19, 2018. More than 50 artists in chamber music, dance, piano, vocal music, jazz, guitar, special events and family matinees are on the schedule.

The season opens Oct. 1 with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard singing works by Leonard Bernstein, in a program honoring the centenary of the great American composer-conductor.

Additional fall events include Upshaw, joined by pianist Gilbert Kalish and So Percussion, in a program featuring the Bay Area premiere of a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and “Winds of Destiny” by George Crumb (Oct. 26); Whelan and Brian Brooks, performing “First Fall” with live accompaniment by Brooklyn Rider (Nov. 29-30); the return of jazz violinist Regina Carter (Nov. 17) and an appearance by Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez (Dec. 15.)

Hear Now and Then, a new series of programs encompassing contemporary and early music, brings the Kronos Quartet, with Youth Speaks and The Living Earth Show (Oct. 7), New York Polyphony (Dec. 3), Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble (Feb. 20, 2018), and viola da gambist Jordi Savall, with a consort of Celtic winds (May 3, 2018.) S.F. Performances’ innovative PIVOT series continues with pianist Sarah Cahill and the Alexander String Quartet in music by Lou Harrison (Jan. 24), as well as programs featuring the LA Dance Project, Timo Andres, and Joe Goode.

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2018 also brings the San Francisco debut of the Danish String Quartet (Feb. 19), the West Coast premiere of “Autobiography” by choreographer Wayne McGregor, and the San Francisco recital debut of Lawrence Brownlee, performing a new work by Tyshawn Sorey (March 31.) The Piano series features appearances by Stephen Hough (Jan. 18) and Pierre-Laurent Aimard (March 2); pianist Lera Auerbach will perform her “21st Century Pictures,” composed in response to Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” (March 27.)

Rounding out the season are appearances by the Ébene, Takács, and JACK quartets, tenor Nicholas Phan, violinist Leila Josefowicz, clarinetist-composer Jörg Widmann, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, and guitarist Jason Vieaux. S.F. Performances’ popular Saturday morning series continues with the Alexander Quartet and Robert Greenberg. A 38th season gala takes place Oct. 5, with renowned soprano Deborah Voigt. Two renowned pianists, Andres Schiff and Yuja Wang, will be featured on special performances in the late spring.

The 2017-18 season will present performances in eight venues: Herbst Theatre, Davies Symphony Hall, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Hotel Rex, ACT’s Strand Theater, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco, and St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.

Subscriptions to the 2017-18 season are on sale now; single tickets become available July 31. 415-392-2545; www.sfperformances.org.

Contact Georgia Rowe at [email protected]

Source : http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/03/san-francisco-performances-announces-new-season/

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