As this is being written, Super Bowl City has been launched and its events and features have been under way for about two hours. The madness of anticipation has begun and will continue as the countdown to February 7 progresses. A little over a week ago, this site accounted for three ways to get away from the football-obsessed on Super Bowl eve.
It turns out that there will be another three opportunities on the preceding day. As was reported at the beginning of this month, the first San Francisco performance by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in 2016 will take place on Friday, February 5. The title of the program is All Mozart, which should be an excellent countermeasure for too much attention to professional football. The program will be distinguished by a visit by the international keyboard star Kristian Bezuidenhout, who will give a fortepiano performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 488 piano concerto in A major. The conductor will be Music Director Nicholas McGegan, who will also lead the ensemble in two symphonies, K. 543 in E-flat major, and K. 199 in G major. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 5; and all other details have been previously reported.
Earlier in the day refuge can be found at the Aquatic Park Center, where the Dolci duo of oboist Ted Rust and pianist will begin another two months of free concerts. These two musicians visit the San Francisco Senior Center at 1 p.m. on Fridays to give one-hour performances as unabashed amateurs. As has been previously observed, this is the literal sense of the word based on the Latin verb “to love,” making music for the love of it, rather than the professional objective of earning a living.
The oboe, whose name is French in origin, has long been an instrument preferred by French composers. That music will probably fill the program prepared for February 5, since the title of the concert will be Honoring the People of Paris. Anyone who reads the news knows about the hardships that city endured last year, and Dolci will do what it can to further the cause of healing through music. Again, this concert will begin at 1 p.m.; and Aquatic Park is at 890 Beach Street, adjacent to Ghirardelli Square. Plans for the remainder of February and March have also been announced as follows:
February 12: Musical Valentines
February 19: Musically Gallantry, a program that will couple Mozart with Georg Philipp Telemann
March 4: Lyrical Pieces, featuring music by Johannes Brahms and the contemporary Canadian-born composer Bill Douglas
March 11: a program of dance music by Mikhail Glinka, Madeleine Dring, and Sergei Prokofiev
March 18: a program of musical portraits by Maurice Ravel and Marin Marais
Finally, in the evening One Found Sound will present the third and final concert of its third season. This is the collaborative chamber orchestra that performs without a conductor, whose mission is to break down the barriers of classical music through unique concert experiences. The group will provide another opportunity to enjoy the French repertoire, performing the largest work of this season. This will be a four-movement sinfonietta composed by Francis Poulenc for full orchestra. This piece will be preceded by a major work for string ensemble, Béla Bartók’s three-movement divertimento.
This concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 5. The performance will take place at the headquarters for Monument, which describes itself as “a new group for creative people of all stripes: artistic, scientific, and academic.” The venue is located in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood at 140 9th Street. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for pre-concert refreshments. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission and $45 for VIP seating. Tickets may be purchased in advance (with a service charge) through an Eventbrite event page.