But they are part of Stewart's voice now and he has a very strong voice."
THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER
Sept. 13Oct. 2, various times, $15$290
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness, SF
(415) 864-3330, www.sfopera.com
CHING CHANG'S TOP CLASSICAL AND OPERA PICKS
KATIA AND MARIELLE LABEQUE
Like Madonna, the Labeque sisters are past 50 now, and showing remarkable artistic longevity and re-invention. The virtuoso French pianists offer a rare performance of Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos at the San Francisco Symphony's season opener. Sept. 47. (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra opens its fall program with a gem of French baroque, Jean-Philippe Rameau's Pygmalion. Paired on the program will be the Thomas Arne's Comus, based on a masque by John Milton. Sept. 1320. (415) 392-4400, www.philharmoniabaroque.org
ISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN AND THE MANITOBA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Overachiever Bayrakdarian has an engineering degree and speaks five languages, yet it is in singing that this freakishly talented young Canadian shines most brightly. The soprano perform works by Bartók, Ravel, Gideon Klein, Nikolaos Skalkottas, and Gomidas Vartabed. Oct. 4. (415) 392-2545, www.performances.org
Saxophone virtuoso Branford Marsalis' love affair with Brazilian music shows no signs of waning. Here he forges a vibrant musical dialogue across the Americas, joined by members of Gil Jardim's Philarmonia Brasileira to perform works by Villa-Lobos, Stravinsky, Bach, and Milhaud. Oct. 5. (650) 725-ARTS (2787), livelyarts.stanford.edu.
THE COAL-SELLER'S CONCERT
The Bay Area early music ensemble Musica Pacifica recreates a typical concert by coal-seller Thomas Britton, who presented the world's first known public concert series in London around 1678. Oct. 31. (510) 528-1725, www.sfems.org