Tuesday, March 2, 2020
Contact: Nancy Bertossa
(415) 677-0328 or nancy@sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances 2020–21 Season

2020–21 Season Artists

(L-R clockwise): Soprano Golda Schultz, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, guitarist Thibault Cauvin and Dreamers’ Circus

Subscription Ticket Information: (On Sale March 18, 2020) SF Performances Ticket Office (415) 677-0325
Single Ticket Information: (On Sale August 3, 2020): (415) 392-2545

Press Information

Nancy Bertossa 415-677-0328, nancy@sfperformances.org
Website: https://sfperformances.org
Press Room: https://sfperformances.org/media/media.html

Venues

  • Herbst Theatre: 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
  • Education Studio: 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), 4th Floor, San Francisco
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church: St. Mark’s Square at 1111 O’Farrell Street (at Franklin Street), San Francisco

2020–21 Season Calendar

All dates, times, artists and programs are subject to change.

October 2020

41st Season Gala
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020, 6PM

War Memorial Green Room and Herbst Theatre

The 41st Season Gala includes a cocktail reception on the loggia of the War Memorial, Veterans Building (6pm) and a concert that brings the versatile tenor Lawrence Brownlee in a performance of his popular program Crooners—an homage to legendary vocalists from the 50s and 60s (7pm). Following the performance there is dinner and a fund-a-need drive in the beautiful Green Room. All proceeds from the Gala benefit San Francisco Performances’ education and outreach programs. Individual Gala tickets start at $500. For Gala information, call 415.677.0326.

Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020, 7PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
Crooners—An homage to legendary popular vocalists from the 50s and 60s

Lawrence Brownlee, the tremendously versatile tenor—who was named “Male Singer of the Year” by both the International Opera Award and Bachtrack—explores a golden age of popular singers of the 50s and 60s.

November 2020

Danish String Quartet
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $75/$60/$45

Frederik Øland, violin
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin
Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola
Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello
PROGRAM:
MOZART: Quartet No.16 in E-flat Major, K.428
SHOSTAKOVICH: Quartet No. 10, Op. 118
Arrangements of traditional Nordic folk music

They look like they could be characters from Game of Thrones, but they bring their adventurousness to a wide range of music. “Yes, playing string quartets is our job, and yes it is hard work, but we mostly do it for pleasure, and we hope we can continue to hang out for many, many years.”

Jennifer Koh, violin
Timo Andres, composer/pianist
Jay Campbell, cello
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
ANDRES: Winding Stair, Small Wonder (solo cello) and Piano
JANÁČEK: Pohádka and Violin Sonata

Jennifer Koh has defined and expanded music through insightful and dazzling performances and commissions. Timo Andres has also blazed a trail of captivating new works and crisp, rewarding performances. A member of the JACK Quartet, Jay Campbell is passionately dedicated to the music of our time.

Thibault Cauvin, guitar
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020, 7:30PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church | $65/$55

PROGRAM:
A trip around the world, music by ALBÉNIZ, PIAZZOLLA, PEREIRA, YOCOH, DUPLESSY, VACHEZ and DOMENICONI
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts

Thibault Cauvin was practically born with a guitar in his hands and he has played it ever since. By 13 he had won prizes in more than 20 competitions, paving the way for studies at the Paris Conservatory. In addition to concert halls, he performs in what he calls “magic” places, including the Eiffel Tower, Inca ruins and China’s Forbidden City to name a few.

December 2020

Kazuhito Yamashita, guitar
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020, 7:30PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church | $65/$55

PROGRAM:
All BACH
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts

A sensitive and prolific artist (52 recordings released before he turned 32!) and Bach specialist with a remarkable dynamic range, Kazuhito Yamashita is perhaps Japan’s greatest guitarist.

Beethoven All-Day Marathon
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020

Herbst Theatre
Beethoven Lecture—Robert Greenberg | 10AM | $45 General Seating
Beethoven Marathon, Part 1—ASQ | 2PM | $65/$55/$45
Beethoven Marathon, Part 2—ASQ | 7:30PM | $65/$55/$45
Beethoven Full Marathon, Parts 1 & 2 | $90/$70/$50
Full Beethoven Marathon buyers receive a free ticket to the morning lecture.
Beethoven Marathon Part 1 or Part 2 buyers can add the 10AM Beethoven lecture for $10

SF Performances’ resident chamber ensemble the Alexander String Quartet and Music Historian-in-Residence Robert Greenberg, have assembled an all-day Beethoven Marathon with complete performances of selected quartets and spirited commentary. The day will begin with Robert Greenberg giving an energizing and informative lecture, followed by two all-Beethoven concerts with a dinner break in between.

January 2020

Doric String Quartet
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Alex Redington, violin
Ying Xue, violin
Hélène Clément, viola
John Myerscough, cello

PROGRAM:
MOZART: Quartet in F Major, K. 590
BRETT DEAN: Quartet No. 3 (2020)
MENDELSSOHN: Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1

The London-based Doric is one of Europe’s hottest young ensembles. “It’s hugely enjoyable to be led through these subtle, wonderful works by such enthusiastic guides.” (The Strad)

Timo Andres, composer/piano
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
Music by ANDRES, ADAMS, ANDRIESSEN, DENNEHY, GLASS, MEHLDAU, MUHLY, HOLCOMB, GABRIELLA SMITH (New Work), COPLAND and RZEWSKI

Composer/pianist Timo Andres is an engagingly versatile artist with a gift for connecting with audiences to break down traditional stuffy barriers to enjoying great music.

The Art of the Quintet
Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-In-Residence
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2021, 10AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
David Samuel, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
Paul Yarbrough, guest viola
Eli Eban, guest clarinet

PROGRAM:
MOZART: Quintet in B-flat Major, KV 174; Quintet in C Major, KV 515

These 10am Saturday concerts combine complete performances with commentary by San Francisco Performances’ Music Historian-In-Residence Robert Greenberg, on the composers, their lives, times and music bringing depth, insight and humor to the context. In 2021 the group will explore “The Art of the Quintet” with programs of Mozart, Brahms and Schubert.

Sérgio and Odair Assad, guitar
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45

PROGRAM:
Music by COUPERIN, HAYDN, BOGDANOVIĆ, PIAZZOLLA, SÉRGIO ASSAD and others.
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts

The Grammy-nominated Assad Brothers have re-defined the modern history of guitar music. Their energizing performances bear witness to their artistic lineage from giants like Andrés Segovia through Monina Távora.

February 2021

Midori, violin
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM: TBA

Midori has enthusiastically set the stage for thrilling performances and thoughtful, innovative programs that build connections between art and the human experience. In addition to one of the busiest solo careers, she is an activist, traveling from one end of the world to the other, sharing her conviction in the energizing and binding power of music.

To see her perform in the intimacy of the Herbst Theatre is an exceptional experience.

David Greilsammer, piano
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021, 5PM
Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
Music by JANÁČEK, CPE BACH, MOZART, PELZ and REBEL

The New York Times has selected two of David Greilsammer’s releases as Recordings of the Year, and he is known for his ear-opening inventive style. “Few recitals I have ever attended have offered such a sense of intense beauty and discovery.” (New York Daily News)

The Art of the Quintet
Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-In-Residence
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2021, 10AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
David Samuel, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
Paul Yarbrough, guest viola
Eli Eban, guest clarinet

PROGRAM:
MOZART: Quintet in G minor, KV 516; Quintet in D Major, KV 593

These 10:00am Saturday concerts combine complete performances with commentary by San Francisco Performances’ Music Historian-In-Residence Robert Greenberg, on the composers, their lives, times and music bringing depth, insight and humor to the context. In 2021 the group will explore “The Art of the Quintet” with programs of Mozart, Brahms and Schubert.

Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo-soprano
Julius Drake, piano
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
SCHUBERT: Winterreise

Boasting dual national honors from the Austrian government and England’s Royal Academy of Music for her lifetime of contributions to vocal artistry, Angelika Kirchschlager is truly an international treasure.

Beatrice Rana, piano
Renaud Capuçon, Violin
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM:

PROKOFIEV: Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 for Violin and Piano
SCHUMANN: Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 for Violin and Piano

High-energy Italian pianist and Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Beatrice Rana joins renowned violinist Renaud Capuçon for a tour-de-force program that spotlights their exceptional technical mastery and interpretive sensitivities.

The Art of the Quintet
Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-In-Residence
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021, 10AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
David Samuel, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
Paul Yarbrough, guest viola
Eli Eban, guest clarinet

PROGRAM:
MOZART: Quintet in E-flat Major, KV 614; Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581

These 10:00am Saturday concerts combine complete performances with commentary by San Francisco Performances’ Music Historian-In-Residence Robert Greenberg, on the composers, their lives, times and music bringing depth, insight and humor to the context. In 2021 the group will explore “The Art of the Quintet” with programs of Mozart, Brahms and Schubert.

March 2021

Jonathan Biss, piano
FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45

PROGRAM:
Music by SCHUBERT, KURTAG, and SCHUMANN

Jonathan Biss has earned an avid following for his brilliant knack for putting together deeply satisfying programs and delivering them with mastery, joy and wit.

Trio Mediaeval
SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Anna Maria Friman
Linn Andrea Fuglseth
Jorunn Lovise Husan

PROGRAM:
Lumen de Lumine: French medieval music, Scandinavian traditional

They’re not just for the dark ages anymore. This “highwire vocal act” of three women can sing anything—and they do—from ancient to contemporary music with a cappella flair and intense vocal command. Their program embraces a millennium of music from the middle ages to contemporary works created especially for them.

Nicola Benedetti/Leonard Eischenbroich/Alexei Grynyuk Trio
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Leonard Elschenbroich, cello
Alexei Grynyuk, piano

PROGRAM:
SCHUBERT: Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major, D.929
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50

Sought-after soloists on their own, this “super-trio” has always devoted time to performing together since they were students in London. The result is an uncanny performance precision and warm camaraderie on stage. The London Telegraph enthused, “If any piano trio could achieve star status, it’s surely this one.”

Modigliani Quartet
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Amaury Coeytaux, violin
Loic Rio, violin
Laurent Marfaing, viola
François Kieffer, cello

PROGRAM:
MOZART: Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 160
BARTÓK: Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102
SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”

The members of France’s Modigliani Quartet are artistic heirs to legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, having been named co-directors of the Evian Festival he oversaw. Reinvigorating traditional chamber music, "There’s a bright, youthful spark to the Modigliani Quartet’s playing.” (The Guardian (UK))

Laura Snowden, guitar
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021, 7:30PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church | $60/$45

PROGRAM:
Music by BARRIOS and VILLA LOBOS, plus traditional Celtic songs
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts

The Rolling Stones helped her get into England’s prestigious Menuhin School, where she was its first graduate in guitar. Classical Guitar Magazine has called her “Classical guitar’s new champion,” and she has herself been championed by Julian Bream. Her creative range has encompassed collaborations with leading contemporary composers and the occasional rock star.

April 2021

The Romeros 60th Anniversary Tour with Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
Music by FALLA, LORCA, VILLA LOBOS, RODRIGO and others.
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts

Celin, Pepe, Celino and Lito Romero—members of the “Royal Family of the Guitar” celebrate an astonishing milestone. If you’ve heard and loved the guitar in your lifetime, chances are you have the prolific and peripatetic Romeros to thank for its enduring popularity. Their program features Spanish songs with versatile vocalist Isabel Leonard.

The Art of the Quintet
Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-In-Residence
SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021, 10AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
David Samuel, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
Paul Yarbrough, guest viola
Eli Eban, guest clarinet

PROGRAM:
BRAHMS: Quintet in G Major, Op. 111; Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

These 10:00am Saturday concerts combine complete performances with commentary by San Francisco Performances’ Music Historian-In-Residence Robert Greenberg, on the composers, their lives, times and music bringing depth, insight and humor to the context. In 2021 the group will explore “The Art of the Quintet” with programs of Mozart, Brahms and Schubert.

Natasha Paremski, piano
SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
Works by CHOPIN, ADÈS and PROKOFIEV

“Paremski outdid herself, tossing off diabolically complex passages as if they were child’s play (they are not!),” said the Chicago Tribune. Striking and dynamic performances, lyrical range and flawless technique are a few of the frequent descriptions you’ll read of this thrilling artist, who returns after her SF Performances mainstage debut just last season.

PIVOT: Influencers
Sean Jones, trumpet
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

Brinae Ali, tap dancer/vocalist/flutist
Zaccai Curtis, pianist
Boris Kozlov, bassist
Wendel Patrick, turntablist
Obed Calvaire, drummer

PROGRAM:
Dizzy Spellz: an innovative, Afro–futuristic fusion of jazz, tap and bebop.

Sean Jones and friends take you to the cultural and spiritual crossroads of the African diaspora focusing on the life and music of Dizzy Gillespie to tell the story of the jazz it ultimately produced.

PIVOT: Influencers
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $75/$60/$45

A humbly compelling and beloved instrument gains expressive, virtuoso freedom with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. At their hands, the ever present relevance of popular music meets the lofty sounds of “highbrow” fare in a delicious acoustic mash-up like nothing else you’ve heard.

PIVOT: Influencers
Aaron Diehl, piano
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
Paradoxes in Performance: works by SATIE, PROKOFIEV, GLASS, ELLINGTON and others.

Classical traditions and jazz intersect and cross-influence each other as Aaron Diehl shows off his classical piano training and the enigma and inspiration of improvisation in music by Satie, Prokofiev, Glass, Ellington and others.

PIVOT: Influencers
Dreamers’ Circus
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

A new, driving force in Nordic music, Dreamers’ Circus takes off from deep folk traditions with ancient and modern instruments giving voice to a newly forged amalgamation of history and sound.

Anthony Ross Costanzo, countertenor
Attacca Quartet
Timo Andres, composer/piano
THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

PROGRAM:
GLASS and new work by ANDRES

Anthony Roth Costanzo re-created the demanding title role of Philip Glass’ monumental opera Akhnaten last season at the Met to universal acclaim and now makes his Bay Area recital debut with 2020 Grammy-winning Attacca Quartet and frequent collaborator with Timo Andres. An accomplished professional performing since his teens, Costanzo has a wealth of experience getting inside musical characters.

May 2021

The Art of the Quintet
Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-In-Residence
SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021, 10AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45

Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
David Samuel, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
(guest cellist to be announced)

PROGRAM:
BSCHUBERT: Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956

These 10:00am Saturday concerts combine complete performances with commentary by San Francisco Performances’ Music Historian-In-Residence Robert Greenberg, on the composers, their lives, times and music bringing depth, insight and humor to the context. This is the final program of the group’s 2021 exploration of “The Art of the Quintet.”

Chiaroscuro Quartet
SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

Alina Ibragimova, violin
Pablo Hernan Benedi, violin
Emilie Hörnlund, viola
Claire Thirion, cello

PROGRAM:
PURCELL: Fantasia
MOZART: Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K.575
SCHUBERT: Quartettsatz in C minor, D.703
MENDELSSOHN: Quartet in F minor, Op.80

Alina Ibragimova is well known for her galvanizing solo recitals, and now she returns to San Francisco Performances with her Quartet. The Chiaroscuro fuses the raw, pure sound of historical strings with powerful, contemporary technique in performances “played with enormous conviction and power by this very stylish ensemble." (Gramophone)

Golda Schultz, soprano
Jonathan Ware, piano
TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45

“Golda Schultz sings with strength and assurance, her voice with its own distinctively thrilling radiance; she is a newcomer who simply has everything.” (The Financial Times). The South African soprano sang the role of Clara the Angel in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at SF Opera and now makes her recital debut at San Francisco Performances.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm and engaging arts experience.

Through successful partnerships with artists, Bay Area schools and community organizations, SFP has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the artist residency program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences, young and old, to the great performers of our time. San Francisco Performances’ outreach promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepening the experience while opening events to diverse audiences.

For selected high-resolution images of the 2020–21 season, please visit https://sfperformances.org/media/2021/selectphotos.html or contact Nancy Bertossa.

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