KQED's Cy Musiker and David Wiegand share their picks for great events around the Bay Area this week.
Sept. 29: Another great American composer known for groundbreaking work in minimalism is turning 80. We mentioned Steve Reich a few weeks ago -- now it's Philip Glass’ turn. And you can celebrate his still-dexterous fingers as he joins four other pianists to play all 20 of Glass' piano études. He's working with a terrific team, including the Bay Area's Sarah Cahill, jazz pianist Aaron Diehl, and Jenny Lin. Glass does a pre-show chat with Stanford Live’s executive director Chris Lorway; I hope he talks about his days driving cab in New York. Tickets for this Bing Hall Concert are scarce, so act fast. Details here.
Sept. 24 and 25: Derek Jacobi could have retired after making I, Claudius in 1976, and people would still be talking about how good he was in that BBC series. But he’s still working (Vicious with Ian McKellen), and he’s the biggest star in a touring show from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a fascinating mashup of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure with Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. Jacobi stars with his partner Richard Clifford, who also directs the show, and musicians of the Folger Consort. This is a coup for the North Bay. The Napa Valley Performing Center in Yountville gets the world premiere, Saturday. Details here. And then Weill Hall at Sonoma State in Rohnert Park gets the second performance. Details here.