KQED's Suzie Racho and David Wiegand share their picks for great events around the Bay Area this week.
Oct. 7-9: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen is a busy, busy man. In addition to serving as the Principal Conductor to London's Philharmonia Orchestra, he's Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (where he was music director for 17 years), while continuing to write and compose his own work. Salonen brings the Philharmonia Orchestra to Zellerbach this weekend for three performances, but Sunday's program recreates the very first concert presented in the hall in 1968.
Continuing through Feb. 17: All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50
Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland. The group's members and their politics were complex and controversial, and still influence social movements today. The Oakland Museum of California marks the movement's 50th anniversary with a new exhibit, All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, which features art and photos from the era, but also shows the connection to artists working in the Bay Area now.