Presented as part of Cal Performances’ Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship program, Saturday’s concert includes a post-performance talk with Barenboim joining former Cal Performances director Matias Tarnopolsky, who left Berkeley earlier this year and currently serves as CEO and president of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Details: 3 p.m. Nov. 10, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley; $50-$275; 510-642-9988; www.calperformances.org. BANNED AND BOYCOTTED: Who said music isn’t political? This week at Davies Symphony Hall, two works by great 20th-century composers suggest otherwise. Dmitri Shostakovich, who had endured years of repression under the Stalin regime, composed his Violin Concerto No. 1 during 1947-48 but kept it hidden for years. It finally premiered in 1955, two years after Stalin’s death. And Bela Bartok encountered censorship for his ballet, “The Miraculous Mandarin.” With its shocking allusions to prostitution and murder, the score was composed in 1919 but wasn’t premiered until 1926. Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša returns to conduct Bartok’s Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin,” along with Shostakovich’s concerto, with Karen Gomyo as soloist. Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 completes the program pointe shoe sizing. Hrůša and Gomyo will discuss these works in a post-concert talk at each performance..
Details: 8 p.m. Nov. 8-10, Davies Hall, S.F.; $20-$75; 415-864-6000; www.sfsymphony.org pointe shoe sizing. DOUBLING DOWN ON DVORAK: The stars have aligned for Dvorak this weekend at Davies Hall. Following Hrůša’s program, Sunday brings two concerts featuring Dvorak works. On Sunday afternoon under its dynamic conductor, Christian Reif, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. Reif also leads John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances” and Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings, with Jonas Koh as soloist. There’s more Czech music in store that evening, when the mighty Czech Philharmonic makes a return visit to Davies Hall on Sunday night. Under conductor Semyon Bychkov, the orchestra plays an all-Dvorak program featuring the composer’s sublime Cello Concerto, with Alisa Weilerstein as soloist, followed by – wait for it – Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7..
Details: San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra concert, 2 p.m. Nov. 11, Davies Hall; tickets $20-$55; Czech Philharmonic concert, 7:30 p.m pointe shoe sizing. Nov. 11, Davies Hall, S.F.; $35-$99; tickets for both concerts at 415-864-6000; www.sfsymphony.org. LANDING A ‘TROUT’ IN SAN JOSE: Artists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will make a special appearance this weekend at the Trianon in San Jose. Presented by the San Jose Chamber Music Society, pianist Orion Weiss joins Paul Huang (violin), Paul Neubauer (viola), Keith Robinson (cello) and Xavier Foley (bass) in Schubert’s delightful “Trout” Quintet. Weiss and Neubauer, familiar to Bay Area audiences from their summertime appearances at [email protected], will also team up for Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata; rounding out the program are works by Beethoven and Bottesini..
Details: 8 p.m. Nov pointe shoe sizing. 10, Trianon Theatre, San Jose; $37-$52, discounts for students and seniors; 408-286-5111; www.sjchambermusic.org. FIRST SERVING OF ‘SUNDAES’: Chamber Music Sundaes opens its 38th season Sunday Nov. 11 with the Navarro Trio – violinist Victor Romasevich, cellist Jill Brindell and pianist Marilyn Thompson – playing the world premiere of Matthew Arnerich’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano. Arnerich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano is also on the program, and violist Wayne Roden joins the trio for Sergei Taneyev’s Piano Quartet in E Major..
Curiodyssey’s Illuminodyssey: A Winter Light Experience for Kids: Through Jan. 6, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. Wander through a wondrous world of moving, radiant light. Roam through a forest of touchable sculptures, and dance with circles of spinning light. $8.50-$13.50. http://bit.ly/2yHO91T. Guys and Dolls: Weekends through Nov. 18, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. A musical comedy that gambles with luck and love under the lights of Broadway. $19-$41 pointe shoe sizing. http://bit.ly/2CRkm9Q..