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19 YEARS AFTER HARRY, RON, AND HERMIONE SAVED THE WIZARDING WORLD, they’re back on a most extraordinary new adventure – this time, joined by a brave new generation that has only just arrived at the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Prepare for spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces, all while the future hangs in the balance. This one-of-a-kind theatrical experience is packed with “thrilling theatricality and pulse-pounding storytelling” (The Hollywood Reporter). It will leave you “audibly wowed, cheering and gasping” (The Telegraph), as “visions of pure enchantment send shivers down your spine” (Rolling Stone). “You’ll be wondering ‘how’d they do that?’ for days to come” (People Magazine).
First premiered by Smuin in spring of 2018, Confessions, originally named If I Were a Sushi Roll, makes its playful return. Iconic dancemaker Val Caniparoli captures what the San Francisco Chronicle called “truly, madly, funny and spirit-tingling” movement in his nine-part dance set to contemporary classical baroque by American composer Nico Muhly and Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur. Renaissance by Amy Seiwert is revived on the program, inspired by the 385-mile “Women’s Wall” protest in India aimed at building awareness of gender equality on New Year’s Day 2019. Seiwert’s ballet is set to an evocative a cappella soundtrack by Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, an award-winning Oakland-based group specializing in the techniques of traditional and contemporary Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian vocal styling. Showcase by Smuin includes world premieres by current Company Artists Tessa Barbour and Brennan Wall, continuing our correspondence in love letters with audiences. Be moved as we dance live again and spotlight Smuin’s astounding, accessible way of art.
Passions run high in Palermo, until a newly appointed head-of-state decrees that all pleasures—including love—are forbidden. Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is given musical life in Wagner’s second opera.
Choreographed by Emily Hansel and co-created by dancers Alex Carrington, Mia J. Chong, Shareen DeRyan, and Chelsea Reichert, Four by Four is a messy attempt at refusing productivity. Since beginning work in November 2021, the artists have been practicing the radical act of not knowing. They’ve been fighting their capitalist tendencies, taking their time, embracing messiness, and prioritizing adaptability. Four by Four, featuring original music composed by Sophia Cotraccia and Bed Juodvalkis and lighting design by Thomas Bowersox, is a contemporary dance that is simultaneously light-hearted, serious, ordinary, and one-of-a-kind. Four by Four is made possible by contributions from the California Arts Council, ODC Theater’s Rental Discount Initiative, Steppin’ Out Dance Studio, and RoundAntennae.
Bay Area jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin appeared suddenly on the national scene with the release of 2015’s Nothing But Soul, one of the decade’s most widely hailed debut albums. The fact that she’d just graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law made her emergence that much more spectacular. With her second album, 2018’s Unbroken, Austin introduced herself as a formidable songwriter and intrepid musical explorer. Her rising trajectory has only accelerated since then, with tenor sax titan Pharoah Sanders hiring her for his 80th birthday celebration in 2020, and organist innovator Doug Carn featuring Austin at the 2021 San José Jazz Summer Fest. This year the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival tapped her as a Seed Commissions Artist and Healdsburg Jazz appointed her Freedom Jazz Choir arranger/music director. Blending swing, gospel and contemporary soul, Austin reimagines soul and jazz standards while pushing the boundaries of genre with original compositions.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, nicknamed Pathétique to describe the emotional turmoil evoked by its lush orchestral writing, anchors this program led by conductor Nathalie Stutzmann. Listen as the music twists its way through moments of touching tenderness and overwhelming passion before arriving at a deeply introspective final movement that has floored audiences since the work’s premiere in 1893. The program opens with three choral works by Johannes Brahms inspired by Classical mythology and featuring the SF Symphony Chorus.
The masterful young blues guitarist honors his mentor and friend, blues icon Taj Mahal, with music from the legend’s hugely influential 1968 Columbia album The Natch’l Blues, accompanied by his Family Jules Band. A graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Leyhe is building a career as a modern blues great, having recorded six superb albums beginning with 2014’s lauded Monkey Finger, and working with blues saxophonist Nancy Wright, Buddy Guy, Huey Lewis, and Fantastic Negrito. Leyhe will release his seventh album, Your First Rodeo, in September 2021. He has been working with Taj Mahal regularly, and pays tribute in his SFJAZZ debut.
Assembled by pianist, composer, and founding SFJAZZ Collective member Renee Rosnes, Artemis is a true all-star super band of modern jazz masters, each a major bandleader and composer. Named for the Olympian goddess of exploration, the hunt, and the wild, this superlative sextet is an international affair, with members hailing from the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Japan. Their repertoire ranges from new compositions written expressly for the ensemble along with a Lee Morgan classic and an arrangement of a Beatles song, captured on their self-titled 2020 Blue Note debut album. A veteran of work with Joe Henderson, J.J. Johnson, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Bobby Hutcherson, Rosnes has led 18 albums and is among the most accomplished pianists in jazz. She serves as musical director for this staggeringly talented ensemble that includes Juno Award-winning trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, multiple DownBeat Critics Poll-topping clarinetist Anat Cohen, bassist and BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Jazz composition prize-winner Noriko Ueda, the masterful New York-based drummer Allison Miller, and the newest member of the group, New York-born tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover.
Saxophonist Mark Turner will be joined in his CJC debut by Dean of Instruction Jeff Denson and Drum Department Chair Gerald Cleaver. The trio will be performing a mixture of original, hand-picked music to showcase the collaborative nature of their playing style and highlight the instruments of their chord-less trio.
“One of the top harmonica players in the U.S.,” (All Music Guide) the East Bay music luminary, GRAMMY nominee and Blues Music Award winner leads his all-star Blues Survivors with a night of burning electric blues focused on material from his recent albums including his latest Electro-Fi release, 2020’s Wayback Machine.
Christy Funsch and Nol Simonse share in-progress performances of two new works: Nol’s “Death Pod” and Christy’s “kid subjunctive.” “Death Pod” asks, “how do we want to handle our own death?” with Word for Word member Jim Cave. “kid subjunctive” is a group work that renders playful futuritivity. Saturday May 28, 2022 | 4pm – Nol Simonse’s “Death Pod” w/ ASL Sunday May 29, 2022 | 4pm – Christy Funsch’s “kid subjunctive” w/ASL This is a free event! Capacity is limited- please register in advance.
The most celebrated gamelan ensemble outside of Bali, Gamelan Sekar Jaya has spent four decades forging deep and abiding ties to the art form’s greatest Indonesian practitioners. This concert features the world premiere of Sudamala, a new work from internationally acclaimed Balinese-American composer I Dewa Putu Berata. Sudamala, supported by a Gerbode Foundation Special Award in the Arts, is a musical prayer for healing in this global age of sickness. The work explores the Balinese spiritual concept of Tri Hita Karana (divinity, humanity, nature), emphasizing the commonalities and discontinuities of creating and performing with local artists as a Balinese composer in the Bay Area. Sudamala also features new choreography from Sekar Jaya’s 2022 Guest Dance Director Emiko Saraswati Susilo and a guest appearance from Rashidi Omari of Oakland’s Destiny Arts. Following Sudamala, Sekar Jaya’s dancers and gamelan gong kebyar, the company’s flagship ensemble, presents a new work from 2022 Guest Music Director and artist-in-residence, I Dewa Putu Rai.