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.
November 3-8. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness. Tickets are $35-135 at (415) 864-6000.
San Francisco Symphony Bonus Round: Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright, famed pop singer extraordinaire, joins the symphony to perform lead vocals in the world premiere of his own Five Shakespeare Sonnets.
November 11-13. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness. Tickets are $15-135 at (415) 864-6000.

Del Sol String Quartet

Drawing from cultures not labeled Old White Dudes from Vienna, San Francisco’s own Del Sol Quartet specializes in new music - think master musicians integrating electronica with instruments from Asia, Latin America, and indigenous Australia. The program features Tenebrae by renowned Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov and world premieres of four new works: Falling Water (by former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud), String Quartet No. 3 by Ronald Bruce Smith, a new work for string quartet and voice by Amy X Neuberg, and La Sangre de la Luna by Daniel Ward.

November 13. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. Tickets are $15-25 at

Hyun-chae Kim

Kayageum (a Korean 12-string zither-like insrument) virtuoso Hyun-chae Kim makes her American debut this month, playing her own work and those of local composer Hyo-shin Na. Known for her deft juxtaposition of traditional music against contemporary, the noted young musician will perform the world premiere of Songs of the Firewood.

Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St.  November 21. Tickets are $17 at


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