Red Curtain Addict Top Picks – February 2018

Red Curtain Addict’s Top Concert Picks

This month is all about love! We’ve listed out our top-pick concerts in the Bay Area that are a MUST SEE in February celebrating the love and passion for a special someone, personal beliefs, kids, culture and community.  From Broadway musicals to kids concerts, to a romantic date night experiences to cultural celebrations, we think you’re going to like what you find…

February 6 – March 4: The Book of Mormon, SHN

Nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, The Book of Mormon follows the hilarious journey of a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries as they embark their mission from Salt Lake City to Northan Uganda. After a few difficulties and some setbacks, one of them starts to lose faith in their religion. But instead of abandoning his religion, Elder Price holds on and decides to go all in by reaffirming everything that a Mormon believes. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.”  and Entertainment Weekly says it’s, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.”

Parental Warning: Contains explicit language.

Red Curtain Addict Tip: 2.5 hours before the show, head to the theater to enter the lottery for a chance to WIN up to two $25 tickets! We did it the last time SHN presented this show and the seats were GREAT!

Red Curtain Addict Insider: Click to listen to KFOG’s Podcast to hear more with Mike “No Name” Nelson and Kari from Red Curtain Addict.



February 10: The Art of Listening, The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

Since 1953, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra has presented an annual season of admission-free concerts featuring their ensemble that’s made up of the Bay Area’s top professional musicians. On February 10th, they will present their Art of Listening program that was designed for toddlers and kids. These fun 20-minute programs are a perfect way to introduce classical music to little ones.

Throughout the performance, they will be able to wiggle and dance, participate in hands-on activities and see instruments up close with meet-and-greet opportunities with the artists.

Red Curtain Addict Insider: Click to listen to KFOG’s Podcast to hear more with Mike “No Name” Nelson and Kari from Red Curtain Addict.


February 14 – 18: World Premiere Trouble in Tahiti, SF Jazz and Opera Paralléle

In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, SFJAZZ and Opera Parallèle have created an experiential concert that combines both old and new music with a multi-media flare. They will be combining local Composer Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus with a classic by Leonard Bernstein, Trouble in Tahiti.

As you enter the hall you might spot a wondering live-statue that has been covered from head-to-toe with body paint. Soon enough, that statue will be captured by members of the cast that will bring her to up to the set in that’s transformed into a museum. There will be a cast, a full orchestra, projections, a moving stage AND dancers. It’s an all in one kind of night that you can share with one another and create lasting memories!

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One lucky couple will WIN two tickets to the premiere at SFJAZZ (On February 14th) and a $100 gift card to Alexander’s Steakhouse.

February 15 –25:  Distinctly SF Ballet

All three works that will be featured in this program were created distinctly for the San Francisco Ballet company (hense the program’s name). In fact, one of them was even choreographed by one of San Francisco Ballet’s own dancers, Myles Thatcher. Every year, the San Francisco ballet has a training program with a choreography workshop and Helgi Tomasson (SF Ballet’s Artistic Director/Principal Choreographer) saw something special in Myle’s work.

Ever since then, Myles has been doing more and more choreography and premiered Ghost in the Machine last year. It was so well received that that company has brought it back by popular demand. He named it this based on the book Ghost in the Machine by Arthur Koestler, a philosophical book is about how an individual’s action can alter the energy of another person or the overall dynamic of a larger group. Like a ghost, you can’t see this chain reaction but the transformation is apparent in the outcome.Through his series of dances, he wanted to show how this ghost-like effect (both negative and positive) can happen in relationships, communities and within an individual. It’s very reflecting and very moving. I encourage EVERYONE to see it!

To read our exclusive interview with Myles Thatcher, click here!


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February 23-25: Serenade, The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

Masterpieces by two great Romantics, Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms, share the stage in a concert which focusses almost exclusively on our fabulous woodwinds. An homage to Mozart, Dvořák’s Serenade in D minor is filled with Slavonic rhythms and displays the composer’s gift for graceful melodies. Brahms’s Serenade No. 2 in A Major, written for an orchestra without violins, is a warm, gracious work colored by the darker hues of our lower strings and woodwinds. In contrast, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 is scored for eight cellos and soprano, whose lush wordless vocals float hauntingly over our cello choir.

 Performance Dates and Locations;

Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:30 pm San Francisco

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:30 pm Palo Alto

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 3:00 pm Berkeley


Feb 24 – Chinese New Year Concert, San Francisco Symphony

Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with the San Francisco Symphony at this family event that draws on both ancient and contemporary traditions. The concert will open with the popular neon dragon dance and features a combination of traditional music, alongside orchestral works by Asian and European composers. Concert highlights include Zhang Zuo performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the San Francisco Symphony, as well as a performance of Tan Dun’s TheTriple Resurrection in which she is joined by SFS violinist Yun Chu and cellist Amos Yang.

Red Curtain Addict Insider: Arrive at 2 pm for the activity-filled Festival Reception with Chinese instruments, lion dancing, “lucky” red envelopes, entertainment, tea bars, sweet and savory bites, and more.



We hope this quick rundown of our Top Performing Concert Picks for February was helpful! Let us know your thoughts by leaving a note in the comments! Also, feel free to add any performance suggestions and/or questions for February.

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