We invite you to attend special events hosted by our community partners. You can choose from lectures, discussions, performances and activities leading up to the opera's premiere and beyond. We hope you'll take advantage of the many experiences on offer.
San Francisco Opera Guild, East Bay Chapter Presents an Evening with Jake Heggie
Jake Heggie, Composer of Moby-Dick,
Laura Krumm, mezzo soprano, and Ao Li, baritone
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012, 5:00pm
At the Veteran’s Memorial Building
3780 Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette
Bay Area composer Jake Heggie will talk about the making of his acclaimed opera Moby-Dick and its upcoming
Company premiere at San Francisco Opera, embellishing his presentation by playing excerpts from the opera.
Outstanding Adler Fellows Laura Krumm and Ao Li will sing selections from the works of Jake Heggie.
5:15pm Program, followed by food, wine, coffee, and tea
Invite friends! Non-members are very welcome.
Cost: $50 (approx. $30 tax deductible) All proceeds benefit the opera education programs for
students, as well as young singers in the Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera Programs.
For Information, contact Silvia Lin at (925) 838-9255, LLLLL@juno.com
To offer savories or sweets, contact Co-Chairs
Ginnie Thibodeaux at (925) 254-0875, vthibodeaux@Comcast.net
Elva Cooper at (925) 846-2092
Reservation Deadline: August 24. Mail reservation form to Clyde Allen, 1463 Indian Head Circle, Clayton 94517,
with check payable to SFOG, EBC.
This is not a ticketed event. Names will be at the door.
September 29, 2012, 7:30pm
Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (enter at the intersection of Hyde Street and Jefferson Street)
A screening of Moby-Dick aboard the historic ship Balclutha. Presented as part of the Floating Films series at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Open seating begins 7:30pm, showtime 8:30pm
Donation bar open
RSVP guarantees your seat!
For more information: maritime.org
Moby-Dick Preview Lectures—San Francisco Opera Guild
Learn more about each opera's composer and librettist and historical and musical context at one of Guild's special preview lectures. These 90-minute sessions feature noted musicologists, composeers, librettists, and singers and are sponsored by the Bay Area's Opera Guild Chapters (East Bay, Marin, Peninsula, San Francisco and Sonoma) and the San Jose Opera Guild. Each session is illustrated by audio and visual examples and includes a question-and-answer and discussion period.
Lecturer: Gene Scheer
LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Marin Chapter—October 1, 2012
Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael
TIME: Lecture held at 8:00pm, preceded at 7:30pm by complimentary refreshments
ADMISSION: $12 single lecture/ $10 members, or $50 for series of six
FOR INFORMATION: Contact Tenki Davis at (415) 457-1118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Jose Opera Guild—October 2, 2012
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos
ADMISSION: Fall lectures: free to San Jose Opera Guild and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
FOR INFORMATION: Contact Steve Zilles at email@example.com
Peninsula Chapter—October 2, 2012
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
ADMISSION: $10 per single lecture or $50 for full season. Please send check, payable to SFOG-Peninsula to Karen Burtness Prak,651 College Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025-5201. Both members and non-members can buy single admissions at the regular price in advance.
FOR INFORMATION: Contact Karen Burtness Prak at (650) 329-1374 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
San Francisco Chapter—October 3, 2012
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, New Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA
FOR INFORMATION: call (415) 565-6433 or email email@example.com
East Bay Chapter—October 3, 2012
St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 451 Moraga Way, Orinda
TIME: Lecture held at 8:00pm
ADMISSION: $10 per single lecture or $50 for a series of 6 lectures of the 2012-13 Season. Reservations are encouraged.
Please contact Brad Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (925) 945-7347. To facilitate check-in, please prepay! (When sending a check for single lectures, please specify for which particular lecture.) Please send check, payable to SFOG, EBC, to Clyde Allen, 1463 Indian Head Circle, Clayton, CA 94517.
Sonoma Chapter—October 4, 2012
Kenwood Depot, 314 Warm Springs Road, Kenwood, CA
ADMISSION: $10 for individual lectures
INFORMATION: Contact Pat Clothier at (707) 538-2549 or email@example.com or Neva Turer at (707) 539-1220 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
Insight Panel Discussion—Moby-Dick
October 3, 2012, 6:00pm
View a video of the panel discussion on our Moby-Dick page.
Herbst Theater in the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Renowned artists and personalities from the world of opera share their insights and experiences during informal panel discussions. Fall Opera Guild Insights are held from 6pm to 7pm in the Herbst Theater in the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.
Insight panels are free for Opera members & subscribers and $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to discussions.
Great Voices of the Season UC Berkeley OLLI Class
October 3–November 7, 2012
UH Room 41B
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Enrich your appreciation of the music being presented this fall at San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Performances. Explore a gold mine of audio and video recordings that reveal the myriad ways in which the human voice can touch the heart, inspire, and help make us whole. Discounts to specific opera performances and the opportunity to attend a preview of Moby-Dick will be offered. Recommended reading: Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.
Jason Victor Serinus has written for Opera Now, American Record Guide, Carnegie Hall, Stanford Live, Gramophone, California Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, Bay Area Reporter, and numerous other outlets. He whistled Puccini as “The Voice of Woodstock” in an Emmy-nominated Peanuts cartoon.
Chantey Sing at Hyde Street Pier
October 6, 2012, 8pm
A public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
8pm to Midnight. Wear warm clothing and bring a mug for hot cider.
Free Admission. Reservations required, call (415) 561-7171.
For more information, click here.
Litquake Festival—Thar She Blows! From Page to Stage: Transforming Moby-Dick into an Opera
October 8, 2012, 6:00pm
San Francisco Opera
301 Van Ness Avenue
5th-Floor Chorus Room
Litquake Festival presents:
Moby-Dick librettist Gene Scheer in Conversation with Geoffrey Green
Lyricist, librettist, and composer Gene Scheer, will be in conversation about Moby-Dick with Geoffrey Green, San Francisco State University professor and author.
FREE and open to the public.
San Francisco's Literary Festival
Moby-Dick Panel at UC Berkeley
October 11, 2012, 3:00pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
A panel discussion about Moby-Dick, the novel and the opera, moderated by Dr. Samuel Otter, Professor of English at UC Berkeley. Professor Otter will be joined by Jake Heggie, composer, Gene Scheer, librettist, Dr. Robert Wallace, Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, and John Kapusta, Department of Music, Berkeley.
Seating is first-come, first-served. A reception will follow the discussion.
Click here for more information.
Moby-Dick Panel at California Academy of Sciences
Tuesday, October 16, 7p
Moby-Dick: A Whale of a Tale
Join us for a lively conversation jointly presented by the San Francisco Opera and the California Academy of Science where we will dive into the ocean’s depths to explore the sights, sounds and science surrounding Herman Melville’s great classic, Moby-Dick
, as presented by the San Francisco Opera. This masterpiece of American Literature has been transformed into a visually stunning and compelling piece of musical theatre. We will explore how the production team creates a sense of place with their imaginative set design and use of visuals supported by musical composition from the highly regarded composer Jake Heggie. Scientists will add to the evening’s conversation with a look at Melville’s famous dedication to (19th century) scientific accuracy in his writings. We will also have biologists presenting on modern day whale science and conservation practices.
California Academy of Sciences: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Reservations: Adults: $12, Seniors $10, Academy and Opera Members $10. Reserve a seat online
or call (415) 379-8000.
Clerestory Fall Concert Set: SeaSongs
Oct 19, 2012 - Oct 28, 2012
Friday, October 19, 7pm
Community Congregational Church, Tiburon
Saturday, October 20, 8pm
Fleet Room, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Sunday, October 28, 4pm
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond
Inspired by the Bay Area’s maritime traditions and the arrival of the America’s Cup races this fall, the 10-man vocal ensemble Clerestory presents “SeaSongs.” Traditional chanteys, serenely flowing Renaissance polyphony, and modern melodies will transport listeners over bays, islands, waves, and currents. The concert features evocative aquatic venues and Clerestory’s very first commissioned work, “These Oceans Vast,” a song cycle on poems of Hermann Melville by the esteemed Seattle composer Eric Banks. Set sail with us this October!
For tickets, more info about the SeaSongs project, and FREE recordings, please visit clerestory.org
Opera on the Couch: A Post-Performance Discussion of Moby-Dick
October 21, 2012, 5:00pm
Books Inc., Opera Plaza
Join other inquiring minds for a lively post-performance discussion following the performance of Moby-Dick. Members of San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP) will discuss the opera's theme from a psychoanalytic perspective.
FREE and open to the public.
Complimentary light refreshments will be offered.
Moby-Dick Panel at Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco
October 24, 2012, 7:00pm
Center for the Pacific Rim, Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco Main Campus, Parker at Golden Gate
A panel discussion about Moby-Dick moderated by Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Kiriyama Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim. Dr. Hatcher will be joined by Jake Heggie, composer, and Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration at San Francisco Opera.
Admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information, please visit usfca.edu.
The Forum at Grace Cathedral: Moby Dick at San Francisco Opera
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Guest: Jake Heggie
Speaker: The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw
1100 California Street
Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, The End of the Affair, and To Hell and Back, as well as the musical scene At the Statue of Venus and the theatrical song cycle For a Look or a Touch. He has also composed more than 200 art songs, as well as concerti, orchestral, choral and chamber music. Heggie's work is championed by such singers as Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Audra McDonald, Kiri Te Kanawa, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Patti LuPone, Zheng Cao, Joyce DiDonato, Paul Groves, and Bryn Terfel. As a pianist, he has accompanied many of these singers on recordings and in recital. Heggie lives in San Francisco.
The Forum takes place in Gresham Hall.
C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco presents Moby-Dick: From the Novel to the Stage of San Francisco Opera
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 2:00pm
Join composer Jake Heggie and San Francisco Opera Director of Music Administration, Dr. Kip Cranna for a presentation and discussion moderated by Jungian analyst Bill Riess. We will explore the psychological depths of Herman Melville's literary masterwork and the ways in which they come to life in the music and libretto of the opera, with audio-visual examples from the production.
Open to the public, $20.00 admission
To register, please click here (reception to follow, seating is limited)
2040 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109