Arts & Events

Theater Review--'I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco'

Ken Bullock
Thursday February 02, 2017 - 10:57:00 PM

"I'm always drunk in San Francisco/And I don't drink at all." -more-

Around & About Preview--Jazz: Kalil Wilson Sings at the Sound Room in Oakland's Uptown, Next Friday

Ken Bullock
Friday February 03, 2017 - 08:26:00 AM

Wonderful Kalil Wilson, the jazz singer who grew up in North Oakland, will sing next Friday night with his trio Love (Dan Marshak, Sam Adams and young drums prodigy Genius Wesley) at Oakland's great little spot for jazz, the Sound Room on Broadway, two blocks (past the Paramount Theatre, towards Grand) from 19th Street BART. -more-

Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI at Zellerbach

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Friday February 03, 2017 - 10:08:00 AM

For more than four decades Jordi Savall and the ensemble Hespèrion XX, now Hespèrion XXI, have explored a rich trove of music composed between the Middle Ages and the Baroque. They have unearthed musical scores long forgotten by composers also long forgotten. In doing so, they have enriched our understanding of the development of European music from the Gothic period to the Baroque. The concert given on Friday, January 27, at Zellerbach Hall by Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI provided yet another instance of this ensemble’s unwavering commitment to filling in the gaps, as it were, in our understanding of European music. For this concert, they focused on Venetian influences in musical Europe between 1500 and 1700. -more-

Gautier Capuçon with Prague Philharmonia Plays Dvořák’s Cello Concerto

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Friday February 03, 2017 - 10:04:00 AM

Emmanuel Villaume, Prague Philharmonia’s Music Director and Chief Conductor, brought his orchestra to Davies Hall on Sunday evening, January 29, for a concert of Czech music by Bedřic Smetana and Antonín Dvořák. On the program were Smetana’s Vltava (The Moldau) from Má Vlast (My Country), and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor and his Symphony No. 8 in G Major. Gautier Capuçon was the exciting young soloist in the Dvořák Cello Concerto. -more-