Berkeley composer Jimmy López and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz spent months interviewing undocumented UC Berkeley students before creating their new immigration-themed oratorio “Dreamers.” The work gets its world premiere this weekend by the London Philharmonia Orchestra led by Esa-Pekka Salonen (yes, the future S.F. Symphony conductor), with two choruses and vocal soloists along for the ride. Details on the concert and the orchestra’s big Berkeley weekend are here.
2017 was also a year of announcements, Michael Tilson Thomas revealed that he will conclude his 25-year tenure as San Francisco Symphony music director following the 2019-20 season, San Francisco Opera music director Nicola Luisotti departed for a new post in Madrid, No word on who will succeed them, but both leave big shoes to fill, As always, Bay Area audiences heard an exhilarating mix of old and new works, West Edge Opera’s summer festival featured a scintillating production of 17th-century rarity, “The Chastity Tree.” Opera Parallèle presented Jonathan Dove’s contemporary comic opera, “Flight.” Audiences heard oratorios new and old, from Ted Hearne’s mesmerizing “The Source,” presented by San Francisco Opera, to Philharmonia Baroque’s first performances of ballet sticker decal *e366* dance shoes dancer Handel’s “Joseph and His Brethren.”..
‘Smallfoot’. In this offering from Warner Animation Group, Channing Tatum voices a yeti determined to prove the existence of a “smallfoot.” It’s a fun twist on a familiar idea, but we’ll wait and see with this one. ‘Night School’. Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are each hilarious, so chances are good this comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee will offer a solid course on laughter. Lee directed last year’s “Girls Trip,” which served as a showcase for Haddish’s over-the-top comedic gifts. The premise of “Night School” has Hart’s character attending classes to get his GED, while Haddish’s is teaching to get a little extra scratch.
Details: 8 p.m, March 2; Heritage Theatre, Campbell; $49.50; www.cityofcampbell.com/heritagetheatre, 8 California Bach Society: The chorus will celebrate German Romantic composers — Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn — with three performances this weekend, Details: ballet sticker decal *e366* dance shoes dancer 8 p.m, March 2 at St, Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco; 8 p.m, March 3 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Palo Alto; 4 p.m, March 4 at St, Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley; $10-$35; www.calbach.org, 9 “Revolt, She Said, Revolt Again.” The title reminds one a little of the feminist catchphrase — courtesy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, referring to U.S, Sen, Elizabeth Warren — “nevertheless, she persisted.” And indeed, this dark comedy by Alice Birch marking Crowded Fire Theater’s 20th anniversary season is meant to turn a variety of traditionally patriarchal phrases and customs on their head, Go to www.mercurynews.com/theater for a feature on the play..
A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 for Nagai in conjunction with Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibition at PMA features works created since Nagai’s 1999 retrospective show at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, plus two previous enormous canvases. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Ikuko Nagai was trained in traditional Japanese painting taught by master artists. As a member of the “Imagination” Fine Art Association, she adopted cubism and other Western abstract techniques as a means of self-expression.