3 for March

3 for March

1. 3 performances by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra

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The appointment of Esa-Pekka Salonen as the next Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony is the biggest arts story of the season, shocking Bay Area classical music fans with delight and causing extreme envy everywhere else. Before he settles in at Davies Symphony Hall next season, check out what might be his last local performances with London’s Phiharmonia Orchestra as they make their annual stand at Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The problem, as is always the case with this engagement, is which of the three concerts to attend? If can you can afford it, by all means attend all three. If not, you’ll have to choose one, and this year the choice is more difficult than usual: there’s the local premiere of Salonen’s own Cello Concerto with soloist Truls Mørk on Friday; Bruckner’s intense 7th Symphony on Saturday; and the world-premiere of Jimmy Lopez’s Dreamers (co-commissioned by Cal Performances) paired with a rare performance of the complete version of Stravinsky’s Firebird. One can’t go wrong with any of these choices - the odds are good any of them could turn out to be the best classical music concert of the season.
8:00 pm, Friday March 15 and Saturday, March 16.
3:00 pm, Sunday, March 17 . All at Zellerbach Hall.
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2. 30+ years of collaboration: Anne-Sophie Mutter & Lambert Orkis

Anne-Sophie Mutter & Lambert Orkis

Anne-Sophie Mutter & Lambert Orkis

Anne-Sophie Mutter has spent more than 40 years in the classical music spotlight as one of the world’s premier violinists. For more than 30 years she’s had a fruitful music partnership with the pianist Lambert Orkis. Together they deliver thoughtful programs performed at the highest levels. Typically, a week that includes visits by Mutter and Christian Tetzlaff (Thursday - Sunday with the SFS) would make for a difficult choice, but not this time - the program for the Mutter/Orkis recital features music by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, and Poulenc, and thus wins out over Tetzlaff’s performance of Mozart’s 3rd Violin Concerto, even if Tetzlaff is arguably the most interesting violinist performing today.
Sunday, March 10, 7:30 pm.
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3. 40 years of Bauhaus (and 1 month of Peter Murphy)

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy

The godfather of goth is touring the world to mark 40 years of making dark and brooding music, which began with the forming of the legendary Bauhaus in 1978. Most cities on the tour get one or two nights, but San Francisco gets nearly the entire month of March as Murphy pulls into The Chapel for an extended residency covering his entire career, with evenings dedicated to individual albums, eras, and influences. It will get dark, and it may get wild - Murphy was booted from his own show in Stockholm for throwing bottles at the audience. Many nights are already sold out. All ages welcome. Check The Chapel’s website for dates and specific programs or click here for more details. Presented by The Chapel, (((folkYEAH!))), and Amoeba.

Top photo of Esa-Pekka Salonen by Minna Hatinen, courtesy Finnish National Opera and Ballet.