1981 cultural events

This page lists 9 cultural events I attended in 1981. Movies are listed on my films page, not here. The program index page displays thumbnails of all the printed program images. Cities are in California, except as noted.

I started keeping event data in the format used by this page in 2010, so data from 2010 to date is accurate. I started keeping appointment calendar data in .txt format in August 2005. I later extracted 2005-2009 event data ex post facto, so data for 2005 to 2009 is less complete and a bit less accurate. I have older pocket calendars and hard copies of event programs going back to 1963, but I have not yet scanned programs for years before 2010 or entered event data for most years before 2005.

See also: 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1971 1981 1982 1983 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1993 1994 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 All

Click on a heading below to sort the list accordingly. Click on a Program link to see the printed program for an event. Enter a search string (e.g., "Mahler", "Berkeley", "piano") below to filter the output.

Date Category Description Performers Venue City Works
08/31/81 @ 20:00 Concert New York Philharmonic Zubin Mehta, conductor Davies San Francisco Program Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë, Suite No. 2
09/01/81 @ 18:00 Reception Photo exhibit Ira Kahn, photographer Bank of America San Francisco Program
09/18/81 @ 20:30 Concert San Francisco Symphony Edo de Waart, conductor Davies San Francisco Program Bernstein: Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah'
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
10/27/81 @ 20:00 Recital Great Performers Loren Hollander, piano Davies San Francisco Program Bach/Brahms: Chaconne for violin solo, arranged
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Liszt: Piano Sonata in b minor
11/08/81 Concert San Francisco Concert Orchestra Robert Sayre, conductor
Ray Bachand, percussion
San Francisco Program Milhaud: Concerto for Percussion
Debussy: La Mer
Berlioz: Harold in Italy
11/13/81 @ 20:30 Concert San Francisco Symphony Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Peter Zazovsky, violin
Davies San Francisco Program Wagner: Prelude to Tristan und Isolde
Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 3
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter'
11/22/81 @ 20:00 Recital Great Performers Murray Perahia, piano Davies San Francisco Program Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata in E
Beethove: Piano Sonata No. 23 'Appassionata'
Schubert: Piano Sonata in G
12/04/81 @ 20:30 Concert San Francisco Symphony Edo de Waart, conductor
Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Davies San Francisco Program Volkert: Sinfonietta
de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Ravel: Piano Concert for the Left Hand
Bizet/Guiraud: Suite from L'Arlésienne
12/17/81 @ 20:00 Concert Chicago Symphony Raymond Leppard, conductor
Dale Clevinger, horn
Orchestra Hall Chicago IL Program Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Debussy: Nocturnes
Schuman: Three Colloquies
Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier