Ongoing Education

SF Performances believes in life-long education. Many of our programs inform and enlighten adult audiences who seek to learn more about what they experience in the concert hall. By offering a variety of venues and atmospheres, we ensure that there is a performance out there for anyone to enjoy:

Saturday Morning Series

Music Historian-in-Residence Robert Greenberg, and Ensemble-in-Residence The Alexander String Quartet, bring the chamber music repertoire alive in these Saturday morning explorations. Each session features Greenberg’s fast-paced, entertaining lectures, complete with live musical illustrations, followed by full performances of each work by the Alexander String Quartet.

Past seasons have featured complete works by Beethoven, Bartók and Shostakovich.

2016–17 Saturday Morning Series:

Concerts with Conversation

Many artists on SF Performances’ mainstage series appear at the Community Music Center in free Concerts with Conversation. These unique gatherings give local community members an opportunity to hear exceptional artists in an informal setting and talk with them about their work. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds share in these enthusiastic performances.

SFSU's Department of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) has filmed the Concerts with Conversation since 2008.

2016–17 Concerts with Conversation

Our 2016–17 Concerts with Conversation series will be announced in late summer 2016.

Salons at the Rex

Hotel Rex

These performances harken back to the days when artists performed in intimate spaces for a small group of friends. Artists talk about the music they perform, sharing insights into how programs are developed and how careers are formed. Audiences learn about music in a convivial atmosphere where questions and discussion are encouraged. These informal, after-work events last just one hour, and drinks may be purchased in the hotel bar before each concert.

Browse the Fall 2016 Salons at the Hotel Rex Series.
Please note that the Spring Salons will be announced in late Fall/early Winter.


Occasionally, SF Performances collaborates with artists to present workshops or seminars designed to enrich audiences’ experience with the performing arts. Two notable recent examples are the contemporary music workshop with violinist Midori (see a video) in Spring 2006 and the series of amateur master classes with soprano Barbara Bonney (see a video).