Bay Area weekend: Margaret Jenkins’ big milestone, SF Opera’s ‘Red Boat’

There is much to see and do for Bay Arts fans this weekend (and beyond). Here’s a look.

Dance picks: sjDANCEco, Margaret Jenkins

Here are two recitals Bay Area dance fans should know about.

sjDANCEco: With the pandemic wreaking havoc over live arts performances the past couple of years, this San Jose troupe has accumulated some new works just itching to make their in-person debut. That changes this weekend the company performs a program of four world premieres and two encores. The new works include Maria Basile’s ode to personal connection “Yield”: Hsiang Hsiu Lin’s “Rising”; “Hymn to a New Dawn,” a piece that touches on inhumanity and recovery created by Gary Masters, with Fred Matthews and company dancers; and “The Mitten” created by company dancers. Revivals include “Earth Song” (1988) and “Flying Colors” (2018). The troupe will be accompanies by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Hammer Theater Center, San Jose; $39-$45, $80-$100 VIP; www.sjdanceco.org.

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company: The troupe headed by iconic San Francisco post-modern choreographer Margaret Jenkins is marking its 50th anniversary with a worldly project with a worldly themes. Jenkins’ Global Moves,” a work that asks “what if Earth had no borders?,” was created in collaboration with Cross Move Lab of China and the United States, Kolben Dance Company of Israel, and Tanusree Shankar Dance Company from India. Performances will take place inside and outside the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco, and will feature musician and writer Rinde Eckert and a live score composed and performed by Paul Dresher with Joel Davel, poetry and text by Michael Palmer — artists that the always collaborative-minded Jenkins has worked with for years.

Details: 8 p.m. today through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; $20-$50; www.mjdc.org/global-moves, www.presidiotheatre.org.

— Randy McMullen, Staff

SF Opera revisits ‘Red Boat’

As San Francisco Opera revives its 2016 world premiere production of Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s “Dream of the Red Chamber” this week with a new cast in War Memorial Opera House, the company is also showcasing one of its stars, the rising soprano Meigui Zhang, in two free online videos. Zhang, who hails from a musical family in Chengdu, China, and has the role of the lovestruck Dai Yu in the opera, is featured in the company’s award-winning “In Song” streaming series on its own site, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, talking about her family background and performing three exquisite songs, accompanied by pianist Ken Noda and pipa player Zhou Yi. The soprano will also appear in a live Zoom conversation with “Red Chamber” conductor Darrell Ang and “In Song” director Elena Park at 4 p.m. June 16, talking about their collaborative efforts. Registration is free at sfopera.com/insong, and the vent will stream on facebook.com/sfopera.

Meanwhile, the opera, which is a doomed love story based on an 18th-century novel that is as widely known in China as “Romeo and Juliet” is in the Western Hemisphere, opened this week. The 2 p.m. June 19 performance will also be livestreamed for $25, with access for ticketholders available for 48 hours.

Details: Through July 3; War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; $26-$408; sfopera.com.

— Bay Area News Foundation

From SFO to SFS and back

Throughout her tenure as music director of the San Francisco Opera, Eun Sun Kim has offered a superb mix of precision and dynamism, earning accolades for her leadership in company productions such as Beethoven’s “Fidelio” and Puccini’s “Tosca.”

Kim’s equally at home in the symphony hall, and this month, she’ll conduct two concert programs. First up is the San Francisco Symphony’s “Brass Concert,” which brings brass players from orchestras across the U.S. to Davies Symphony Hall; the program features “The Ring,” a new arrangement of Wagner music by S.F. Symphony principal trombonist Timothy Higgins, along with the world premieres of Arturo Sandoval’s “Brass Fantasy,” and “Deified” by Jonathan Bingham, commissioned by the Emerging Black Composers Project.

Next, Kim leads the San Francisco Opera’s “Verdi Concert,” featuring the company’s orchestra, chorus, and vocal soloists, including soprano Nicole Car and baritone Etienne Dupuis, stars of the company’s current production of “Don Giovanni.” Music lovers can expect thrilling results in each event.

Details: San Francisco Symphony Brass Ensemble, 7 p.m. June 20 at Davies Symphony Hall; $30-$110; www.sfsymphony.org; with S.F. Opera orchestra and chorus, 7:30 p.m. June 30 at War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; $29-$249; www.sfopera.com.

— Georgia Rowe, Correspondent

Sirota’s new work finally comes to stage

Robert Sirota’s new work for soprano and string quartet, “Contrapassos,” which was commissioned by the Walnut Creek-based Sierra Chamber Society, was supposed to roll out in March of 2020 as part of [email protected], a yearlong series of events honoring the esteemed American composer as he entered his septuagenarian years. We all know what brought that to a halt but can be grateful it will finally have its world premiere June 18 in Walnut Creek, with mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer and the award-winning Telegraph Quartet as featured performers.

Also on the program are Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, which also is written for a soprano’s contributions.

“Contrapassos” will receive a second performance June 21 in San Francisco as part of the Noontime Concerts series. That program will also include Grazyna Bacewicz’s String Quartet No. 4 and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Find tickets for the Walnut Creek concert, $20-$30, at sierrachamber.com. Admission to the Noontime Concerts program is free, with donations devoutly wished for; see noontimeconcerts.org.

Details: 3 p.m. June 18; Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, $20-$30; sierrachamber.com; 12:30 p.m. June 21; Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., San Francisco; free but donations encouraged; noontimeconcerts.org.