If you’ve not yet decided how to spend the last evening of 2014, here are a few suggestions which could leave you spoiled for choice!
The San Francisco Symphony and conductor Edwin Outwater invite you to join the celebrations as they welcome Seth MacFarlane to the stage of Davies Symphony Hall. Academy and Grammy® award-nominated singer and songwriter (also an actor and producer) MacFarlane – who “Plays it cool even when swinging hard” says The New York Times – presents an evening of Broadway and jazz hits such as The Night They Invented Champagne, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve, as well as numbers from his new album Holiday for Swing.
The show opens with the vibrant Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a singer of rare gifts and artistic intensity”. With her “superb voice that is capable of just about anything”, (Miami Herald) she delivers a repertoire which ranges from opera, to pop and soulful jazz.
Celebrate A New Year’s Event with Seth MacFarlane and the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall on December 31st at 8.00 pm. For tickets, further information and to watch some video clips of Seth MacFarlane, visit the San Francisco Symphony website.
SFJAZZ hosts a Funky New Year’s Eve Party with saxophonist Maceo Parker and his high-powered band in what’s described as “an explosive New Year’s celebration”! Known as one of the primary architects of modern R&B, this soulful altoist first made an impression on the world during the 60s and 70s, performing with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic. Having played with every leader of funk during the first part of his career, he’s spent the last two decades as a highly successful solo artist, building what’s described as “a fresh and stylistically diverse” new funk empire, and has collaborated over the years with the likes of Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. (www.maceo.com)
There are two performances on December 31st – one at 8.00 pm and another (for members only) at 10.00 pm – and Maceo Parker and his band will be at SFJAZZ for a further three performances, on January 1st, 2nd and 3rd. For tickets and more information, visit sfjazz.org.
For yet another swinging evening, you could have a ball at the San Francisco Playhouse with Burt Bacharach’s delightful musical comedy, Promises, Promises. With lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon, Promises, Promises – based on the 1960 film, The Apartment – takes you back to Manhattan in 1968, where a young insurance executive – in the vain hope of promotion – is persuaded to allow his apartment to be used by more senior members of staff for their illicit trysts.
Funny yet touching, with some great performances – notably by Jeffrey Brian Adams as the hapless young executive – Promises, Promises will send you on your way to 2015 with a song in your heart and a spring in your step.
There are two performances on December 31st – at 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm. For tickets and information visit the San Francisco Playhouse website where you can also watch a video clip from the producton.