Classical & Opera

SoundBox: Sticks and Stones

When: Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. 2015

As lascivious Lotharios and Cupid’s anointed couples know, the heart rate quickens before a crush is consummated. What’s a pulse if not the percussion of love? Evidently, the San Francisco Symphony is attuned both to beats of the heart and the avant-garde. At SoundBox (300 Franklin St.) — the new venue opened late last year as a club-like complement to the traditional symphony environment — percussionists of the San Francisco Symphony are slated to perform a program of twentieth-century luminary composers such as Steve Reich and John Cage on Friday and Saturday (Valentine’s Day). Before the concert, the array of percussion instruments will be on display, and afterward, attendees are welcome to exercise their own rhythmic faculties. No word yet on the kissing booth, but the intoxicating rhythm of romance is sure to overcome lovers’ discretion.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: Sold out, but check Craigslist

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