SAN FRANCISCO — The five-time Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus will open its first season of concerts curated under the artistic directorship of Lisa Bielawa with guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu in a program of Romantic Lieder arranged for treble voices and other works Oct. 4 and 5 in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Jon Nakamatsu
Jon Nakamatsu

The concerts will be conducted by San Francisco Girls Chorus Music Director and Conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe.

“The Romantic Imagination” will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. at S. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, and Sunday at 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley.

Featuring Alexander Blachly’s arrangements of Lieder by Schubert (“Die junge Nonne,” “Du bist die Ruh”) Beethoven (“In questa tomba oscura,” “Aus Goethes Faust”), Schumann (“Die Hochländer-Witwe”) and Amy Beach (“I Sent My Heart”), plus Nakamatsu performing two Liszt arrangements of Schumann Lieder, for solo piano, Widmung and Frühlingsnacht. He will also perform Lisa Bielawa’s piece “Wait” for piano and drone.

Subscription packages and single tickets are now available through City Box Office. Subscribers will receive a 10 percent discount over single ticket prices. Single tickets for non-subscribers are priced $36 for reserved section and $26, $18 (students) for general admission. Contact City Box Office by phone at (415) 392-4400; online at; or in person at City Box Office, 180 Redwood St., Suite 100, San Francisco (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.).

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