JOSHUA KOS­MAN’S CLAS­SI­CAL MU­SIC PICK

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - CLASSICAL -

Ever since the days of Joseph Haydn, com­posers have looked to the string quar­tet as a ve­hi­cle to put their most pri­vate mu­si­cal thoughts in or­der. Nearly ev­ery­one from Mozart and Beethoven to Ruth Craw­ford and El­liott Carter has had oc­ca­sion to ex­plore this flex­i­ble and in­ti­mate medium.

Now comes com­poser Vin­cent Calianno to put it all into per­spec­tive. His new work is ti­tled, with a de­li­cious sense of whimsy, “A His­tory of the String Quar­tet in Its Nat­u­ral Habi­tat,” and it is slated for its world pre­miere in a free con­cert by the Thalea String Quar­tet.

Also on the pro­gram, which is part of San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity’s Mor­ri­son Artists Se­ries, are quar­tets by Haydn and Shostakovi­ch – pre­sum­ably part of the nat­u­ral his­tory Calianno is in­tent on out­lin­ing.

Thalea String Quar­tet:

3 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 2. Free. McKenna The­atre, San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity. 415-338-2467. http://mor­ri­son.sfsu.edu Dec. 2. $75. Gunn Theater, Le­gion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F. www.sf­sym­phony.org

De­coda Ensem­ble “Life Cir­cus.” Works by Brit­ten, Bar­ber, Schu­bert, Prokofiev, oth­ers. 7 and 9 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30. $30. At Bing Con­cert Hall Stu­dio, 327 La­suen St., Stan­ford. 650-724-2464. live.stan­ford.edu. 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at Noe Val­ley Min­istry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F. www.nvcm.org

Disks and Grooves: Ex­plor­ing Ro­tary In­stru­ments T.D. Skatchit & Com­pany. Works by Danny Clay. Film screen­ings with live mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment. 8 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 29. $10-$12. Cen­ter for New Mu­sic, 55 Tay­lor St., S.F. 415-275-2466. www.cen­ter­fornew­mu­sic.com

En­rique Ar­riaga, Con­cep­ción Huerta Elec­tron­ics. 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30. $10-$15. Cen­ter for New Mu­sic, 55 Tay­lor St., S.F. www.cen­ter­fornew­mu­sic.com

Gau­tier Ca­puçon, Jean-Yves Thibaudet Cello; pi­ano. Works by De­bussy, Brahms, Rach­mani­noff. 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2. $35-$105. Davies Sym­phony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 415-864-6000. www.sf­sym­phony.org

Gil­bert Kal­ish and Friends Pi­ano. Works by John Har­bi­son. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1. Free. S.F. Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic, 50 Oak St., S.F. 415864-7326. www.sfcm.edu

Grace Cathe­dral Men of the Choir “Names Pro­ject AIDS Me­mo­rial Quilt Song­book Con­cert.” 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1. Free. Grace Cathe­dral, 1100 Cal­i­for­nia St., S.F. 415-7496300. www.grace­cathe­dral.org Harpeg­gio “20 Harps for the Hol­i­days.” 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1. $12-$15. Los Al­tos United Methodist Church, 655 Mag­dalena Ave., Los Al­tos. 408366-8810. www.harpeg­gio.com/con­cert.html

Kitka Women’s Vo­cal Ensem­ble “Win­ter­songs.” 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2. $15-$45. St. Bede's Epis­co­pal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. www.kitka.org

Lau­rie An­der­son, Eyvind Kang Vi­ola duet; elec­tron­ics. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30. $40. Grace Cathe­dral, 1100 Cal­i­for­nia St., S.F. 415-749-6300. www.sf­jazz.org

Marin Sym­phony Cham­ber Cho­rus “Hol­i­day Choral Con­cert by Can­dle­light.” With Marin the Marin Girls Cho­rus. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1; 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2. $20-$32. Church of St. Raphael, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 415-4798100. www.marin­sym­phony.org

Mor­ri­son Artists Se­ries: Thalea String Quar­tet Works by Haydn, Shostakovi­ch, Vin­cent Calianno. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2. Free. Knuth Hall, Cre­ative Arts Bldg., 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F. 415-3382467. lca.sfsu.edu

No­mad Ses­sion Wind Octet “The Eight: Crazy Eights.” Works by Emily Shisko, Eric Whi­tacre, Holst, Gersh­win. 8 p.m. Fri., Nov 30. $25. Noe Val­ley Min­istry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F. www.no­mad­ses­sion.org

Noon­time Con­certs: GoldTor­rent Duo Joseph Gold, vi­o­lin; Jaume Tor­rent, gui­tar. Works by Han­del, Pa­ganini, oth­ers. 12:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 27. Old St. Mary’s Cathe­dral, 660 Cal­i­for­nia St., S.F. www.noon­timecon­certs.org Oak­land In­ter­faith Gospel Choir “An­nual Hol­i­day Con­cert.” 7 p.m. Sat., Dec 1. $17$47. Para­mount The­atre, 2025 Broad­way, Oak­land. www.paramountt­he­atre.com Ohlone Wind Orches­tra p.m. Sat., Dec. 1. $10-$15. Smith Cen­ter, 43600 Mis­sion Blvd., Fre­mont. 510-659-6031. www.ohlonewin­dorches­tra.org Old First Con­certs Mont Alto Mo­tion Pic­ture Orches­tra. 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30. $5-$25, un­der 12 free. Old First Church, 1751 Sacra­mento St., S.F. www.old­first­con­certs.org Ragazzi Boys Cho­rus “For the Beauty of Earth.” $12-$32. 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 at First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamil­ton Ave., Palo Alto. 3

1 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at Mes­siah Lutheran Church, 1835 Valota Road, Red­wood City. 650342-8785. www.ragazzi.org

Ragazzi Con­tinuo “An English Christ­mas.” $15-$25. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 at St. Peter’s Epis­co­pal Church, 178 Clin­ton St., Red­wood City. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2. First Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1140 Cow­per St., Palo Alto. www.ragazz­i­con­tinuo.org

S.F. Bach Choir “Joyeux Noël! A (Mostly) French Can­dle­light Christ­mas.” Works by Char­p­en­tier, Ber­lioz, Poulenc, Brian Holmes, oth­ers. With Whole Noyse Re­nais­sance Winds; John Walko, or­gan; Peter Maund, per­cus­sion; Steven Bai­ley, key­boards. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1; 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2. $25-$35, un­der 19 free. Cal­vary Pres­by­te­rian Church, 2151 Fill­more St., S.F. www.sf­bach.org

S.F. Opera “It’s a Won­der­ful Life.” Jake Heg­gie. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 29 and Sat., Dec. 1. Through Dec. 9. $26-$398. War Me­mo­rial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 415864-3330. www.sf­opera.com S.F. Opera Cho­rus Ian Robert­son con­ducts works by Dvo­rak, Wag­ner, Beethoven, Han­del. An­gela Moser, and Mary Finch, so­prano; Fabrizio Corona, pi­ano. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30. $35. War Me­mo­rial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 415-864-3330. www.sf­opera.com

S.F. Sym­phony Pink Mar­tini with the Sym­phony. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed., Nov. 27-28. $70$180. “The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas” film screen­ing. Ted Sper­ling con­ducts works by Danny Elf­man. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 1. and

Natalia Perez

Ray­mond Ejio­for and Keon Saghari have per­formed with the Post:Bal­let com­pany.

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