3:40 am
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Opinion / Letters
  Arts / Entertainment
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  DJ Designers
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
Susan's City Scene
June 15, 2013, 05:00 AM

Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson sings the role of Tony in the San Francisco Symphony’s complete concert performances of West Side Story, June 27-30 and July 2 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. This will be the first time an orchestra has performed the complete musical in a concert performance.

By Susan Cohn

Daily Journal Senior Correspondent

TONIGHT, TONIGHT, WON’T BE JUST ANY NIGHT: WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT AT SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY. Two Broadway legends—Bernstein and Sondheim—took Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from Verona in the 1500s to New York’s Upper West Side in the 1950s, replacing the Montagues and the Capulets with American and Puerto Rican street gangs. Their unforgettable work, with tunes universally loved (Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight), comes alive in a concert version with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the first time an orchestra has performed the complete musical in a concert performance. Cheyenne Jackson as Tony; Alexandra Silber as Maria; Jessica Vosk as Anita; Kevin Vortmann as Riff; and Justin Keyes as Action. June 27 – July 2. Concert length is approximately two hours.

Inside Music, an informative talk, free to ticketholders, begins one hour prior to the concerts.

Thinking of making it a date night? Share two glasses of bubbly, two chocolate covered strawberries and two delectable truffles for $21 at Davies Symphony Hall. Call (415) 252-1937 to pre-order for intermission. Orders must be placed by 3:30 p.m. the day before the concert. Pick-up is available on all levels.

Davies After Hours featuring Squid Inc. begins immediately after the June 28 concert in the Second Tier lobby-turned-lounge. Concertgoers can party on the top floor of Davies Symphony Hall – transformed into an elegant nightclub with smashing views of City Hall, open-air balconies and specialty drinks at the cash-only bar – while listening to music inspired by West Side Story. Squid Inc. is made up of some of the Bay Area’s fiercest string players and will open your ears as the world of popular music dances with classical tradition. Free to concertgoers.

Davies Symphony Hall is located in the Civic Center area of San Francisco, between Van Ness, Franklin, Hayes, and Grove streets. Just a three block flat walk from BART (Civic Center station). For ticket information visit http://www.sfsymphony.org/ or call (415) 864-6000.


THE LONG NOW: CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW. On Feb. 15 of this year, civilization got a wake-up call. A 45-meter-wide asteroid, large enough to completely obliterate a major city, missed Earth by only 17,000 miles, and hours later a smaller rock, 17 meters in diameter, exploded in the air over Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring 1,500 people. Interest in asteroid detection spiked accordingly. In the long now, the greatest threat to life on Earth, or (more frequently) to civilization, or (still more frequently) to cities, is asteroid impact. Some believe that the technology exists to eliminate the threat permanently and argue that it is relatively easy and relatively cheap to do.

At 7:30 p.m. on June 18, Ed Lu, CEO and Chairman of the B612 Foundation, which, in partnership with Ball Aerospace is building an asteroid-detection system called Sentinel, will discuss “Anthropocene Astronomy: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids Begins with Finding Them.” A three time NASA astronaut, Lu is also the co-inventor of the “gravity tractor” — one of the several techniques that can be used to nudge threatening asteroids out their collision paths with Earth.

The seminar is being presented by the Long Now Foundation. Wiki says, “The Long Now Foundation, established in 1996, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in San Francisco that seeks to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars were started into build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking; to help nudge civilization toward a making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.”

Asteroid threat is an attention-span problem blended with a delayed-gratification problem — exactly the kind of thing that Long Now was set up to help with. Taking the extreme danger of asteroids seriously requires thinking at century and millennium scale. Dealing with the threat requires programs that span decades, because asteroids can only be deflected if they are found and dealt with many years before their potential impact. Many believe that the predictability of orbital mechanics makes cosmic planetary defense completely workable. “Anthropocene Astronomy: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids Begins with Finding Them” is hosted by Stewart Brand, editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. Doors open at 7 p.m., talk at 7:30 p.m. lasting 1.5 hours. $15. Advance Tickets Recommended. http://longnow.org/seminars/02013/jun/18/anthropocene-astronomy-thwarting-dangerous-asteroids-begins-finding-them/, CityBoxOffice.com. Marines Memorial Theatre. 609 Sutter St., Second Floor. San Francisco.

Susan Cohn is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association. She may be reached at susan@smdailyjournal.com.



Tags: francisco, concert, asteroids, symphony, thinking, begins,

Other stories from today:


Print this Page Print this Page  | 
<< Back
Return To Archives

Daily Journal Quick Poll
What do you think of the Trump administration releasing a nearly $650 million grant to give the green light for the Caltrain electrification project?

Great news, tremendous
I'll believe it when I see it
Glad, but wondering why it took so long
Don't like it
Not sure


Feds announce Caltrain electrification funding: Delayed $647M grant will finally receive approval, allowing modernization to proceed
After months of advocating to modernize the Peninsula’s commuter rail line, it’s full-s..
Letter: Flynn cites 'public frenzy,' invokes FiFth Amendment
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked h..
Delay in court case deepens health insurance uncertainty
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and House Republicans on Monday asked a federal appeals cour..
More >>  
©2017 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County garage sales