If youve ever wondered what Poulencs organ concerto might sound like parsed through metal guitar riffs, spiraling synths, and hard rock drums, Davies After Hours is the place to find out. Last month, the S.F. Symphony launched a monthly series of free postconcert parties to give music lovers a chance to hang out after a mainstage performance in a more intimate, musically eclectic setting. In March, hundreds crowded the venues Second Tier Lobby (following a memorable concert of orchestral works by Kodaly, Bloch, and Brahms) to sip cocktails, take in city views, and listen to the innovative sounds of experimental cellist Alex Kelly and the Mark Growden Sextet. Kelly and his cohorts riffed brilliantly on some of the works performed earlier that evening. Tonights event promises to be similarly inspiring: Featuring guitarist and singer Neal Walter with symphony members Bill Ritchen, Christina King, and Raymond Froehlich, power rock/jazz group NTLs performance includes palate-titillating reinterpretations of the evenings concert repertoire, including works by Bizet, Vaughan Williams, and Poulenc.
Fri., April 24, 8 p.m., 2009