Concert with Conversation 2018-2019 season announced!

The free Concert with Conversation series, where world-class musicians grace the CMC concert hall in performance and Q & A session has been announced! This series presented by San Francisco Performances kicks off with Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez on Friday, October 5.

Community Music Center is looking forward to all stellar performers scheduled to take part in the 2018-2019 season. We are grateful for the continued partnership of San Francisco Performances making these concerts free for our community.


alfredo rodriguez Friday, October 5, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm
Alfredo Rodríguez, Piano
Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez has become a globally recognized Grammy Award nominee with multiple critically-acclaimed releases on Mack Avenue Records since being discovered and produced by the great Quincy Jones. Rodríguez is leading the way for the new wave of Cuban musicians, including past collaborators Ibeyi and Pedrito Martinez, exposing the rich musical history of Cuba to a wider audience. Not only does he infuse his music with jazz and messages of hope for other young immigrants, but aims to incorporate philosophies of improvisation into everyday life.


dashon burton Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm
Dashon Burton, Bass-Baritone
Praised for his rich tone and powerfully thrilling voice, bass-baritone Dashon Burton has proven himself to be a voice to be reckoned with since graduating from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Yale University, winning multiple international competitions and performing with opera companies and orchestras across the country and in Europe. His talents make him equally at home performing Bach and Mozart to Stockhausen, as well as touring with the Grammy Award-winning contemporary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Burton’s repertoire includes classical and sacred music, as well as programming with deeper political meaning.


pablo sainzFriday, March 1, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm
Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Guitar
Pablo Sáinz Villegas has been acclaimed by international press as “the soul of the Spanish guitar” and as the most outstanding classical guitarist of his generation. The New York Times has recognized his “virtuous and moving interpretation.” He has an outstanding artistic career and emotional delivery on stage, both in recitals in intimate rooms and sold-out stadiums. Sáinz Villegas has studied at the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid and Manhattan School of Music, and won countless international competitions and prestigious awards for his playing, which encompasses traditional Spanish guitar and avant garde orchestral music.


sean jones Friday, March 15, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm
Sean Jones, Trumpet
Sean Jones has established himself as one of the most outstanding trumpeters and composers on today’s scene. Apprenticing with Gerald Wilson, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath and Nancy Wilson, he served as lead trumpeter with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He has toured with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Heavily involved in education, Sean has recently joined the Berklee College of Music’s distinguished faculty as the Chair of the Brass Department. He has also taught at Duquesne University and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Sean is current Artist-in-Residence at SF Performances and is a member of The SF JAZZ Collective.