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The season’s rich performing arts offerings in concert halls put the spotlight on — and cater to — a wide spectrum: youngsters, old folks and people of all nations.

S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival

The eclectic third program of the monthlong San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival spans continents. Among the highlights: Chinese Performing Arts of America in a world premiere of a court dance from Tang Dynasty China; OREET, a belly dancer who learned from her Yemeni and Israeli families; the La Tania Baile Flamenco Company; Shreelata Suresh’s world premiere of a sacred Indian dance performed by Vishwa Shanthi Dance Academy; Ballet Folklórico Mexico Danza; the Hawaiian troupe Halau o Keikiali`i; Japan’s Ensohza Minyoshu presenting an Obon Festival dance; and Diamano Coura West African Dance Company. [2 and 8 p.m. June 22, 2 p.m. June 23. $18-$58. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 978-2787,]

Cosi fan Tutte

“Cosi Fan Tutte” (“So Do They All”) — Mozart’s bittersweet comic opera about fidelity — showcases the composer at his most melodic and memorable. The San Francisco Opera presents John Cox’s production, which places the action in Monte Carlo during World War I. Nicola Luisotti conducts. The cast includes Ellie Dehn, Heidi Stober and a young German soprano, Christel Lötzsch, making her debut in The City. [June 9-July 1. $25-$297. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 864-3330,]

Oakland East Bay Symphony

Trombonist Chris Brubeck appears with the Oakland East Bay Symphony to celebrate the music of his dad, the late, great Dave Brubeck. Michael Morgan conducts the orchestra in a concert featuring notable soloists in addition to Brubeck: mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, pianist Taylor Eigsti and saxophonist Dayna Stephens. On the program: “Ansel Adams: America” by Chris and Dave Brubeck, featuring 102 iconic images by the photographer, “Blue Rondo a La Turk,” “Take Five” and other Brubeck standards. Chris Brubeck presents a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. [8 p.m. Saturday. $35-$250. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland; (800) 745-3000,]

S.F. Boys Chorus

Going strong since 1948, the local choral group has a great program in store for its 65th Anniversary Concert: Venezuelan guest artist Jimmy Kansau performing music of Latin America and the Caribbean, Durante’s “Magnificat,” and fun numbers from “Oliver!” and the Beatles. Artistic director Ian Robertson conducts. Boys who want to join are invited to try out, too. Auditions will be held around the Bay Area on June 8. Visit for details. [2 p.m. Saturday. $30-$55. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.;]

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, the always-adventurous choreographer, and his Dance Group show Berkeley his new work set to Igor Stravinsky’s famed “The Rite of Spring,” — music that prompted a riot at its premiere in Paris 100 years ago. To up the ante, Morris is using a new scoring of the music created and performed by avant-garde jazz trio The Bad Plus. The event, part of the four-day Ojai North program presented by Cal Performances, also includes the American String Quartet accompanying the troupe in “Mosaic and United,” set to Henry Cowell’s Quartets Nos. 3 and 4. [8 p.m. June 13. $20-$110. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Way and College Avenue; (510) 642-9988,]

Schwabacher Summer Concert

With the closure of Herbst Theatre for a seismic retrofit, new venues are being sought by performing organizations. The San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, an 11-week training and performing opportunity for young artists now in its 56th year, presents its annual Schwabacher Summer Concert at Everett Middle School in the Mission district. Performers will include many of the 29 singers selected from among more than 1,000 applicants to the elite program. [7:30 p.m. July 18. $25-$40. Everett Auditorium, 450 Church St., S.F.; (415) 864-3330,]

The Matrix

In a rare performance, the San Francisco Symphony accompanies a screening of the movie “The Matrix” at Davies Symphony Hall. Composer Don Davis conducts the performance, part of a world tour in which the 1999 Oscar-winning sci-fi hit is being shown in concert halls. The avant-garde score is unusual in its use of atonality, not often heard in movie theaters. [7:30 p.m. July 27. $25-$80. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 864-6000,]

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Janos Gereben

Janos Gereben

Janos Gereben is a writer and columnist for SF Classical Voice; he has worked as writer and editor with the NY Herald-Tribune, TIME Inc., UPI, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, San Jose Mercury News, Post Newspaper Group, and wrote documentation for various technology companies.
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