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

Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Concerts with Conversation

Friday, October 21, 2017
6pm

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco
FREE

Program

FREE hour-long concert presented at the Mission District Branch of the San Francisco Community Music Center.

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.647.6015
sfcmc.org

Arturo O’Farrill, solo piano

Concerts with Conversation

Friday, November 18, 2016
6pm

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco
FREE

Program

FREE hour-long concert presented at the Mission District Branch of the San Francisco Community Music Center.

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.647.6015
sfcmc.org

David Russell, guitar

Concerts with Conversation

Friday, February 24, 2017
6pm

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco
FREE

Program

FREE hour-long concert presented at the Mission District Branch of the San Francisco Community Music Center.

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.647.6015
sfcmc.org

Sean Jones, trumpet

Concerts with Conversation

Friday, March 10, 2017
6pm

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco
FREE

Program

FREE hour-long concert presented at the Mission District Branch of the San Francisco Community Music Center.

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.647.6015
sfcmc.org

Alexander String Quartet

Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello

Concerts with Conversation

Friday, May 12, 2017
6pm

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco
FREE

Program

FREE hour-long concert presented at the Mission District Branch of the San Francisco Community Music Center.

SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.647.6015
sfcmc.org

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.

Workshops

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).