In addition to the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony’s dressy season openers — Sept. 7 and Sept. 19, respectively — the performing arts calendar for fall includes events of all sizes and genres, and ticket prices start at free.
The acclaimed male chorus begins its 35th season with “The Sirens Call,” a program including commissioned world premieres by Chinese composer Chen Yi and Irish composer Michael McGlynn, whose piece is based on a melody known as the “Song of the Spirits.” The concert also will feature works by Bates, Palestrina, Barber, Corigliano and others.
[8 p.m. Sept. 14, 5 p.m. Sept. 16. $20-$50. S.F. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F., (415) 392-4400, www.chanticleer.org]
“Multitalented” is an understatement when describing the Brazilian-American symphonic and chamber music composer, arranger, singer, pianist and teacher, who appears at major festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs. In San Francisco at Yoshi’s, virtuoso percussionist Keita Ogawa will join her in a program expected to include signature pieces such as “Terra Brasilis,” a musical fantasy based on the Brazilian national anthem, and piano-percussion improvisations.
[8 p.m. Oct. 2. $11-$22. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 655-5600, www.yoshis.com]
One of Richard Wagner’s most popular and accessible works, “Lohengrin” from 1850, is being presented by the San Francisco Opera in a new production in collaboration with companies in Geneva and Houston. British director Daniel Slater moves the story about a mysterious knight in 10th-century Antwerp to Stalinist Russia. San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts his first Wagner opera in The City; tenor Brandon Jovanovich, who has made his mark in Puccini and Wagner operas, sings the title role. [Oct. 20-Nov. 9. $32-$385. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com]
Russell Maliphant Company
The Bay Area debut of the acclaimed contemporary English dance troupe features a Nijinsky-inspired work, “AfterLight,” using images of the great Russian dancer, including Nijinsky’s own drawings. Canadian-born Maliphant was a member of Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before starting a solo and choreographic career, which has taken him to three continents. Most recently, he has collaborated with famed theater and opera director Robert Lepage.
[8 p.m. Oct. 13, 2 p.m. Oct. 14. $35-$50. Lam Research Theater at YBCA, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 392-2545, www.sfperformances.org]
Morrison Artists Series
San Francisco State University’s free series presents chamber-music stars such as the Juilliard String Quartet, American Brass Quintet and Trio con Brio Copenhagen. Supported by the May Treat Morrison Trust for the 57th year, the series opens at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 with the Jasper String Quartet. Concerts also feature SFSU resident Alexander String Quartet playing a diverse range of works by Ligeti, Ravel, Hindemith, Brahms, Takemitsu, Haydn, Carter, Schubert, Mozart, Cox, Beethoven, Martin and Norgard.
[Oct. 14-April 2013. Free. McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building, SFSU campus, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F., www.morrison.sfsu.edu]
Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet celebrates its 30th anniversary with a series of world-premiere collaborations, the first with artist Jim Campbell, who will contribute 1,000 controlled LED spheres as a background for the dancers. King’s vision is based on what he calls “thought structures,” which are created by manipulation of various forms of energy. The name LINES, King has said, “alludes to all that is visible in the phenomenal world,” including shapes of bodies, constellations, geometry and spoken word.
[Oct. 19-28. $30-$65. Lam Research Theater at YBCA, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.linesballet.org]
Einstein on the Beach
Cal Performances in Berkeley presents Philip Glass’ legendary 1976 work in its first fully staged performance outside of New York. The five-hour-long opera has no plot, and its title character is represented by an onstage violinist — Jennifer Koh in this production. Directed by Robert Wilson and choreographed by Lucinda Childs, the seldom-produced work has no intermissions; audiences are permitted to enter and leave during performances. “Einstein” is the first part of Glass’ “Portrait Trilogy,” which includes “Satyagraha” (1979) and “Akhnaten” (1983), portraits of men whose vision transformed their times.
[6 p.m. Oct. 26, 5 p.m. Oct. 27, 3 p.m. Oct. 28. $35-$200. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org]
S.F. Symphony, Yuja Wang
The San Francisco Symphony prepares for a tour of Asia with Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang as soloist with two local concerts. Wang, a Rolex Artist, will play selections from the overseas program. The first features Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” and the second features Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the concerts, which also include Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.
[8 p.m. Oct. 27, Oct. 31. $15-$150. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org]
Choreographers Janice Garrett and Guggenheim Award winner Charles Moulton’s world-premiere, full-length dance theater piece “Angles of Enchantment” examines the “impact of modern life on our ability to experience states of wonder.” The dance, a successor to last year’s “The Experience of Flight in Dreams,” features a cast of nine dancers, music by composer-performer Peter Whitehead and costumes by Margaret Hatcher.
[Nov. 24-Dec. 2. $30-$36. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., (415) 863-9834, www.odctheater.org]