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SF Trolley Dances ~ Aulos Ensemble ~ Czech Jazz Musicians ~ Slavyanka performs Cantata by Taneyev

Andy Mogg
The 14th edition of SF Trolley Dances takes place this weekend and features Hien Huynh (jumping) with Tina Blaine and Kathryn Cabunoc…";

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with award-winning choreographer, director and performer Kim Epifano, about the return of SF Trolley Dances, presented by Epiphany Dance Theater, this coming weekend. For the 14th edition of these site-specific dance performances, along a different MUNI-streetcar route each year, SF Trolley Dances starts South of Market, at the California Institute of Integral Studies (1453 Mission Street) and it ends in the Inner Sunset.

Also visiting is baroque oboist Marc Schachman, member of the venerable Aulos Ensemble. Founded in 1973, it is one of the first American chamber music groups to perform on period instruments. This weekend, the Aulos Ensemble opens the concert season for the San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS) in a program titled ‘Handel and his World’, with performances in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco. SFEMS Executive Director Harvey Malloy is joining in to give an overview of the rest of the concert season. 

Pianist/composer Anne Sajdera stops by to share details about her latest project, born out of a chance meeting at a jazz club in Prague in 2014 and involving her own trio, and two Czech jazz musicians, Miroslav Hloucal (trumpet) and Jan Fečo  (sax), who will both join her at KALW. Concerts are in Saratoga (Oct 20), Cupertino (Oct. 21) and Oakland (Oct 28). The program includes original compositions, driving arrangements of traditional Roma melodies, and music of modern jazz masters like Herbie Hancock and Kenny Kirkland.

Plus, Paul Andrews, President and co-founder of Slavyanka Russian Chorus discusses the West Coast premiere of the monumental and rarely-heard choral cantata ‘Ioann Damaskin’ by Russian composer Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915). The performance, on Sunday, October 22 at the Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco (4pm) concludes Slavyanka’s 2nd San Francisco Festival of Russian Choral Music and features the Festival Chorus of nearly 100 voices, accompanied by full Orchestra.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on October 19, 2017 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…