Calendar: August 2-8, 2021

Wednesday, August 4—Sunday, August 22

Music in the Vineyards: Chamber Music Festival
Music in the Vineyards’ Chamber Music Festival features 12 in-person concerts and 4 virtual concerts performed in charming settings at famous wineries including Domaine Carneros, Frog’s Leap, Sang-Froid, Charles Krug, Chimney Rock, Silverado, Robert Mondavi, Hess, Clos Pegase, and Inglenook. Featured musicians include the Escher, Miró, and Solideo Quartets; violinists Gabrielle Després, Axel Strauss; violists Pei-Ling Lin, Dimitri Murrath, and Masumi Per Rostad; cellists Edward Aaron, Nicholas Canellakis, Kari Jane Docter, and Tanya Tomkins; pianists Michael Brown, Wei-Yi Yang, and Eric Zivian, bassist Scott Pingel, and guitarist Jason Vieaux.

Time: Varies (see website for individual event times); PT
Online/Various Wineries, Napa, CA.
More information HERE

Ongoing through Saturday, August 7

American Bach Soloists’ Summer Bach Festival: “The Garden of Harmony”
Our ABS musicians are absolutely overjoyed to be reuniting with our audiences and with each other, so we’ve put together programs that celebrate much of what we’ve missed and can return to now.   This summer’s “Bach Explorations” concert called “Transformation” features music by Bach and transcriptions of the same works by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and Ysaÿe.  “The Devil’s Trill” brings virtuoso violin music front and center in a concert of tour de force works by Bach, Handel, and Tartini featuring some of ABS’s most exciting performers.  We’ve missed the music of our beloved namesake, Bach, over the past year, so we will present “Bach & His World,” featuring captivating works by Johann Sebastian and the composers who inspired his genius.  This special season of ABS’s Summer Festival closes with performances of the marquee event, “The Garden of Harmony,” a sensational program of music about birds, animals, and the harmony of nature. While we were sheltering to protect each other, nature flourished in ways that it hadn’t for many years. This concert celebrates that inspiring part of our shared experiences.   The focus on the best of the Baroque performed by ABS’s brightest stars is always at the core of San Francisco’s Summer Bach Festival, voted “Best of the Bay” by SFCV readers.

Time: Varies by concert
Cost: Regular price—$25-$89 reserved seating: $150 VIP section
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
More information HERE

Friday, August 6 and Sunday, August 8

West Edge Opera: Eliogabalo
Never performed during Cavalli’s lifetime, Eliogabalo didn’t receive a world premiere until 1999 and has grown even more prophetically cathartic and incisive today. An utterly debauched Roman Emperor gets his just deserts when the women he has wronged take matters into their own hands. Gorgeous music on period instruments accompanies riotous comedy, sensual dalliances, and stirring drama to create a work that is rapidly re-entering the opera cannon.

Time: Friday, August 6, 8 PM; Sunday, August 8, 5 PM;  PT
Cost: $19-$140.
Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda, CA.
More information HERE

Sunday, August 8

Opera San Jose: Un Fête Baroque
Opera San Jose presents an intimate outdoor recital featuring soprano Maya Kherani, OSJ Resident Artist, in a program of early music ranging from the late Renaissance to the high Baroque, inlcuding selections by Purcell and Handel.

Time: 3:30, 5:30 PM; PT
Cost: General Admission $55 (100% tax-deductible donation); VIP $95 (includes pre-show wine reception: 5:30 show only).
California Theatre (in the courtyard), 345 South First St., San Jose, CA.
More information HERE

Written by Heidi Waterman