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January 2022

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San Francisco

SF Ballet names Tamara Rojo as new artistic director

Tamara Rojo has been announced as the next artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet. Rojo joins the organization from the English National Ballet, and will be the first woman ever to lead SF Ballet.

December 2021

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United States

Willesden Lane Project: The power of music in education

The Jewish Journal published a spotlight of The Willesden Project, Koret’s global initiative with USC Shoah Foundation and Hold On To Your Music. Read the full article to learn more about Koret’s Holocaust education work.

December 2021

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San Francisco

SF Opera’s “Così fan tutte” opens to rave reviews

Delayed by a year due to the pandemic, Mozart’s romantic comedy is set in the opulent 1930’s and is embellished by Henrik Nánási’s conducting, which is “buoyant, robust, elegant, and lithe,” according to the SF Chronicle.

October 2021

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Stanford Live: Collaborating and building community in the performing arts

Supporting arts organizations and cultural institutions has always been part of the Koret Foundation’s commitment to strengthening the Bay Area community. The pandemic put a hard stop to live performances for over a year, but also inspired innovation and collaboration. We recently caught up with Chris Lorway, executive director of Stanford Live, a longtime Koret […]

August 2021

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San Francisco

SF Opera curtain rises at the War Memorial Opera House on August 21

The San Francisco Opera is opening again at the War Memorial Opera House on August 21. This season is Eun Sun Kim’s debut as the new Music Director, and will feature three blockbuster operas scheduled, with a gradual opening and some hybrid virtual performances. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

July 2021

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San Francisco

Asian Art Museum opens its first exhibit in the new transformed space

teamLab: Continuity is the first exhibition in the museum’s new Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion. The fully immersive interactive and sensory experience is rooted in traditional Japanese art.

July 2021

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Berkeley

BAMPFA returns to in-person film screenings

The Pacific Film Archive at the Berkeley Art Museum will return to in-person film screenings, beginning with outdoor screenings August 12, and indoor screenings resuming September 1.

July 2021

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Oakland

Oakland Museum of California reopens following COVID-19 and a $20M renovation

OMCA reopened on June 18 after a 15-month long hiatus due to the pandemic as well as an extensive $20 million renovation. The revamped museum has a redone sculpture garden, an expanded cafe, and new artwork by local artists.

July 2021

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San Francisco

Exploratorium welcomes back visitors

The Exploratorium reopens its museum doors to the public today, July 1, 2021, after more than 15 months of closure. Timed tickets for members and the general public are available to reserve on the museum’s website.

June 2021

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San Francisco

Diego Rivera’s monumental mural, “Pan American Unity,” makes its way to SFMOMA

Nearly as fascinating as the stunning 70-foot mural with historical Bay Area ties is the painstaking process of dismantling and moving it across town for display at SFMOMA. The four-year undertaking involved mechanical engineers, architects, art historians, fresco experts, art handlers and riggers from the US and Mexico working in concert.