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Rufus Wainwright Plays Davies Hall With SF Symphony

Every once in a while, when the SF Symphony has a break, Davies Hall brings in the unexpected guest performer—from The Roots to Kathy Griffin. This weekend, Rufus Wainwright is on the bill, but—get this—the composer/vocalist/pianist will be performing with the symphony, not instead of them.

November's Classical Roundup: Rufus Wainwright, San Francisco Symphony, and Exotic Instruments

San Francisco Symphony: Carmina Burana and Haydn

If you’ve ever caught yourself singing “OH, FORTUNA!” when finding yet another parking ticket on your windshield (culturally superior to calling the Dept. of Parking & Traffic egg-swilling pigs), now’s your chance to hear the professionals do it. One of Western music’s most iconic works, Carmina Burana is powerful and impassioned and well-worth hearing in the symphony hall. Alfred Schnittke’s whimsical salute to the Classical period and Haydn’s beloved Symphony No. 97 are also on the program.

Rufus Wainwright Piano Playing His Way to the Fox Theatre Next Week

The Fox Theater's impeccable string of summer concerts just won't quit. Crystal Castles is throwing down there tonight, and in just a few weekends, beloved crooner Rufus Wainwright is piano-playing his way onto the stage on August 21st with his singer-songwriter sister, Martha Wainwright.

Goh Nakamura to Play Sad Songs Tonight at Café Du Norde

While guys like Rufus Wainwright, Conor Oberst, and Sufjan Stevens rule the genre of sad-eyed, Beatles-influenced folk singer/songwriters, Bay Area troubadour Goh Nakamura probably deserves greater notoriety than the one-time success of “Embarcadero Blues,” a Youtube sensation (over one million viewers last year) and an ode to the SF service industry (watch it below). In his second album, Ulysses, Nakamura is up to his old tricks, singing about lost loves and impossible crushes over melodies that are as precise and sweet as they are complex. At his best, Nakamura will make you miss Elliot Smith badly. Goh Nakamura plays a birthday show tonight at Café Du Nord.

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