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Viva la Musica!’s eclectic assembly of volunteer singers flawlessly fuses the choral-orchestral genre with folk songs, gospel, and multicultural numbers. This December, the troupe celebrates its 11th annual holiday concert, reaching deep into its repertoire to dazzle listeners with an aural collage more inspirational than a self-help book penned by a state bird. Director Shulamit Hoffmann leads the spirited squad of singers who, backed by a brass ensemble, traverse musical history, covering hymns from 16th-century Venetian antiphonies all the way up to modern-day genres such as contemporary American jazz. At 3:30 p.m. before the concert starts, Hoffmann will discuss details and historic information on the show's works and musical notes at no additional charge. Adding to the festive airs and flocks of gift-wrapped quarter notes, the performance will also include a rendition of John Rutter’s fiery anthem, Gloria. St. Peter's has free parking.
700 Promontory Point Ln
Foster City,
CA
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Davis Symphony Hall is home to the San Francisco Symphony. The symphony was created after the earthquake and fire of 1906 as part of an effort by local leaders to create some high art in the city known for its music and nightlife. The San Francisco Symphony has been awarded worldwide in Japan, France and Britain, and has won over 10 Grammies. Some of the world's best conductors, such as Leonard Bernstein, Bruno Walter and Sir Gorge Solti, have conducted the symphony from its famous podium The symphony also strives to bring music into classrooms of all ages in the San Francisco unified school district.
201 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco,
CA
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Constructed in 1934 in the Spanish-mission style, the San Jose Civic has played host to a star-studded lineup of performers—including The Who, who kicked off its first U.S. tour on the Civic's venerable stage. The building's elegant, dual-level exterior and softy lit tower recall bygone days of conquistadors, and the remodeled auditorium's armrests and cup holders keep chalices of gold comfortably upright.
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco,
CA
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The Ives Quartet's musicians—violinists Bettina Mussumeli and Susan Freier, violist Jodi Levitz. and cellist Stephen Harrison—wash two intimate venues with unexpected selections. One of Haydn's famous Prussian quartets opens the program with rich interplay between instruments and instantly accessible melodies before Quincy Porter's String Quartet no. 6 spotlights a 20th-century take on the classical form. To help perform Tchaikovsky's energetic Souvenir of Florence sextet and feed the metronomes during the earlier pieces, violist and co-founder of the Moab Music Festival Leslie Tomkins wields her bow alongside guest cellist Tanya Tomkins of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
1985 Louis Rd
Palo Alto,
CA
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Peninsula Symphony, founded in 1949 with the goal of enriching communities with affordable musical productions, grew from a grassroots ensemble to a 90-plus-member orchestra of well-trained local musicians. Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein leads the ensemble with a steady baton, a sharp ear, and the stamina to carry on through the inevitable triple encore.
146 Main St
Los Altos,
CA
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The original members of the Lafayette String Quartet, who are artists-in-residence at the University of Victoria, B.C., continue their 25th year of euphonious musicianship with a majestic performance at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Throughout the evening, the all-female foursome will traverse the fiery notes of Beethoven, Mozart, and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" before igniting the auditorium with a spirited rendition of Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade. The Fremont Symphony Orchestra—which boasts 48 seasons' worth of classical-music performances—presents the evening inside the 405-seat G. Craig Jackson Theatre, where a specially engineered setup allows acoustics to sprout and unfurl as fully-grown audible bouquets.
43600 Mission Boulevard
Fremont,
CA
US
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