The availability of $10 standing-room tickets to San Francisco Opera’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” reminds those who feel they can’t afford classical music that where there is a yearning, there is a path. The Bay Area is ripe with free musical events — even in summer, when the main supplier, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, is not in session. Here are a few options:
The venerable Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F., at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays are free, but an optional $5 donation is requested. Visit www.noontimeconcerts.org. Upcoming events include:
Tuesday: Eusebius Duo (violinist Monika Gruber and pianist Hillary Nordwell) performing Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata and Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 301.
- July 5: Members of the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra, led by George Cleve, in a program of music by Mozart.
- July 12: Pianist Hilda Huang plays Bach.
The gathering of musicians features a series of free events at various locations. Visit www.sfago.org/ publicevents.html for details.
n July 2: Regional competition for young organists. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay St., S.F.]
- July 3: Convention opening service. [7:15 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]
- July 5: Recital by winner of young organists’ competition. [10:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church]
- July 6: Chant vespers with organist Samuel Soria. [3 p.m., Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., S.F.]
- July 6: Recital by organist Amy Johansen. [8 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]
Conducted by Michael Francis and featuring pianist Valentina Lisitsa, the San Francisco Symphony gives a concert. Visit www.sfsymphony.org for details.
- July 10: Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain,” Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 are on the program. [2 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
The very best of free live music all summer long is as close as your computer. Attend it live if you’re in London or listen to it online everywhere: The BBC Proms, the biggest and best of music festivals, runs from July 15 to Sept. 10, offering more than 70 concerts in the 140-year-old Royal Albert Hall. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/proms.