November Concert Highlights
What sounds centuries old and strikingly new at the same time? The baroque music of the Conservatory's Historical Performance Program, of course. Let the Conservatory Baroque Ensemble open your ears this month with its newly-complete collection of period instruments. Also in November, the stage sizzles as BluePrint performs the second concert in its Latin American-themed season. Add a splash of Puccini courtesy of Opera Theatre, two toothsome residencies with pianists Martin Katz and Menahem Pressler, plus a smorgasbord of student and department recitals and brass and choral concerts, and you'll be stuffed with musical delicacies long before Thanksgiving!
Conservatory
Baroque Ensemble




Conservatory Baroque Ensemble ∙ Theorbos, traversos and lutes, oh my! Co-directors Corey Jamason and Elisabeth Reed and the players of the Conservatory Baroque Ensemble take up a full complement of baroque instruments to perform some of the finest tunes of the period. On the docket: Vivaldi's lively Concerto alla Rustica, Corelli's Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 1 and, with guest vocalists, Purcell's Fairy Queen Suite - widely considered to contain Purcell's finest stage music.

Sunday, November 4, 2 p.m., Concert Hall
Free, advance tickets required

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Martin Katz



Master Class | Martin Katz vocal accompanying ∙ Dubbed "the gold standard of accompanists" by The New York Times, Martin Katz has collaborated with the world's most celebrated singers during his 40-year career. Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Kathleen Battle, David Daniels, Karita Mattila and Jos Carreras are among his regular partners on the recital stage and on innumerable recordings. On November 8, Katz presents a vocal accompanying master class as part of a week-long residency.
 
Thanks to the Post Family Trust, whose support makes this event possible.

Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall
Free, advance tickets required

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Conservatory
Opera Theatre
Conservatory Opera Theatre | Puccini Gianni Schicchi
When a family quarrels over a Florentine aristocrat's estate even as he draws his last breath, a wily peasant steps in to divide the spoils. Puccini's treasured one-act comedy Gianni Schicchi comes to life on the Concert Hall stage with characters grounded in commedia dell'arte and some of the most enduring music in opera.

Saturday, November 10, 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall, free
Sunday, November 11, 2 p.m., Concert Hall, free
Menahem Pressler





Chamber Music Masters Renowned pianist and pedagogue Menahem Pressler returns to the Conservatory for his annual chamber music residency. In a public master class, Pressler shares insights gleaned from a five-decade career as acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. In concert, he is joined by faculty members Ian Swensen, violin, Jennifer Culp, cello, Paul Hersh, viola, and a group of Conservatory students for highlights of the chamber music repertory, including Dvořk's Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, "Dumky" and Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47.

Master Class: Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, free
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Concert: Thursday, November 15, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, $20/$15.....
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South of the Border






BluePrint  Artistic Director Nicole Paiement and the New Music Ensemble continue exploring southern climes with their second concert showcasing contemporary Latin American composers. Faculty guitarist David Tanenbaum returns for Danzas Breves, a program featuring Jorge Liderman's Aged Tunes, Gabriela Lena Frank's Manchay Tiempo, Mario Lavista's Cinco Danzas Breves and the world premiere of Chris Pratorius's Madrigal: Neruda's Poema 20, a BluePrint commission. Come to enjoy the warm breezes while strumming your air guitar.
Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, November 17, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, $20/$15
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  Light fare from Cfe Crme is available one hour before performance and during intermission.

Remember! These are just a few of the many concerts offered. Click here to view the November monthly calendar.

Call the Box Office for tickets at 415.503.6275. Visit sfcm.edu for complete calendar information including concert changes and updates.

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