(415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com
Book of Longing Glass collaborated with singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen on this multimedia work, staged by choreographer Susan Marshall, with the composer on keyboards at this West Coast premiere.
Oct. 9. (650) 725-ARTS, livelyarts.stanford.edu
OTHER TOP CLASSICAL AND OPERA PICKS
Il Rè Pastore Philharmonia Baroque opens the new season with a rare performance of this dazzling gem, written when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a mere teenager. Though the plot is a bit silly, the thrilling score is full of vibrant, infectious energy and includes a fabulous string of showstoppers that foretell the genius of the composer's mature operas.
Sept. 22<\d>28. (415) 252-1288, www.philharmonia.org
New Esterhazy String Quartet As part of a multiyear, comprehensive survey of Franz Joseph Haydn's string repertoire in anticipation of the composer's bicentennial in 2009, the local string quartet offers a fascinating exploration of Haydn's quartets against a backdrop of early American history, finding unexpected associations linking the Old and New Worlds.
Oct. 19<\d>21. (510) 528-1725, www.sfems.org
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela The appointment of 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor Dudamel to the top post of music director of the LA Philharmonic shocked the American symphonic establishment, but Dudamel is the next great thing. He has proved his mettle as the guest conductor of major European orchestras and as the artistic director of the excellent Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, which recruits and grooms students from the poorest barrios in the country. They'll perform works by Dmitry Shostakovich, Leonard Bernstein, and Latin American composers.
Nov. 4. (415) 864-6000,www.sfsymphony.org
For more Glass events and classical picks, go to Noise, the Guardian's music blog, at www.sfbg.com/blogs/music.