Hear Now and Then Series

Timeless and transcendent, contemporary music and music written before 1850 both express the essence of their eras and often underscore striking parallels between the present and the past. With this in mind, San Francisco Performances has created a new series encompassing both contemporary and early music—the contemporary music of the past—to highlight the ways this ephemeral art form reflects and defies the bonds of time. Nearly a millennium of music will be performed in this series by some of the world’s most exciting artists, experts and collaborators. Read more…

International contemporary music pioneers and champions the Kronos Quartet will team up with Youth Speaks and The Living Earth Show to perform new works that could not be more fresh or of our time. New York Polyphony performs an intimate meditation on the holiday season in Sing Thee Nowell, a program that spans nine centuries of music, in a fusion of historically informed performance of traditional works with new compositions.

As part of a year-long celebration of his 80th birthday, Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble return to SF Performances for a rarely heard performance of an iconic early work, Music with Changing Parts. In advance of the 80th birthday concert, artists who regularly work with Glass and/or perform his work will come together for On Playing Glass to talk about their experiences and provide musical examples.

Early music titan and visionary performer Jordi Savall comes to the Herbst Theatre with his Celtic Universe program, collaborating with Carlos Núñez and an ensemble of wind players, harp and bodhran. Together they trace the route of Celtic migration, from Ireland to Iberia, through music. “Music expresses and prolongs what words cannot say, and time acts as a filter, distilling these orally transmitted melodies and pairing them down to the truly essential…They remain and will continue to remain in our hearts as the true voices and the essential spirit of a civilization which has succeeded in staying alive, thanks to music—the memory and soul of its historical identity.” —Jordi Savall Show less…


You can create a Make-Your-Own-Series by choosing four or more performances from our entire season. Make-Your-Own Series are not available online—please call (415) 677-0325.