Classical Music: Planning a Weekend Trip to San Francisco

A few years back my wife and I attended Keith Jarrett’s solo piano concert at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

It is now time to consider another flight north and a look at some San Francisco Music Events to consider; to take in the culture and beauty of this beloved city.

San Francisco is definitely a cultural mecca when it comes to Classical Music, and I’ve always thought that the two (San Francisco and The Arts) go hand-in-hand.

My focus, like it was with Keith Jarrett’s solo concert, is something related to the piano, and hopefully a Steinway Concert Grand Piano heard in an acoustically beautiful concert hall.

San Francisco is definitely a cultural mecca when it comes to Classical Music…

We’ll see what the city has in store in the coming months, but mainly I would love to attend a lovely piano recital featuring some Mozart, Beethoven or Chopin. But, I’m also open to a wonderful piano concerto by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky or Grieg.

Then again, I’m also open to any symphonic extravaganza featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Classical Music Requests

Some favorite Classical works include:

1. Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

2. Igor Stravinsky – Firebird Suite

3. Igor Stravinsky – Petrouchka

4. Gustav Holst – The Planets

5. Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2

6. Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2

It might be a little too late to plan anything for Valentine’s Day, being that today is the day, but if we don’t venture up to the Bay Area in the next few months, Valentine’s Day 2014 would be awesome if the San Francisco Symphony will plan a Valentine’s Day concert featuring the music of Rachmaninoff!

But realistically speaking, a weekend trip to San Francisco to celebrate our wedding anniversary would be a great idea.

Okay, it’s time to start planning!



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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