Affordable, high-quality, cultural and music programs in San Francisco; classical music, chamber music, opera, broadway, piano, jazz, theater

Sunset Music & Arts Season

2021 Season

Updated: March 1, 2021

Dear friends and patrons of Sunset Music and Arts,

Happy New Year! We are diligently working on our 2021 season and will be announcing the season details soon. We have some amazing and talented musicians lined up for the 2021 season and are hoping to open back up by the fall of 2021 (depending on guidelines from the San Francisco Department of Health.)  The safety of you the audience and our artists is of paramount importance and we want to open up as safely as possible.

In the interim we have launched the ‘Incarnation Radio Hour’ that feature literature, plays, and poetry readings via online virtual gatherings. These events are free and open to all. 

Please consider supporting us financially to support the series and our 2021 season. No amount is too small! You can donate online via PayPal (visit for details) or by check.

Please make the check made payable to “The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation” and write ‘Sunset Music and Arts’ on the memo line of your check.

Please mail your check to:
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
1750 29th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94122

Thank you for your consideration and supporting us! We look forward to welcoming you in 2021 when it is safe to do so.

Sunset Music and Arts – Incarnation Episcopal Church

Incarnation Radio Hour

Date & Time: Wednesday May 12, 4 p.m. PDT
Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted. Click here for details.
Register here for zoom call details.

Saint-Saëns composed “The Carnival of the Animals” in 1886, while he was enjoying some leisure time in a small Austrian village. It was created for a private Mardi gras party in 1886 and consists of 14 movements, scored for two solo pianos, flute, clarinet, glockenspiel, xylophone, string quartet, and double-bass (in orchestral performance the strings are simply multiplied). He was skeptical that it might hamper his public image of being more matured and serious composer, as he feared it was a tad bit whimsical. He took his reputation extremely seriously, and he was sure that the piece would make the listeners laugh, as it was stuffed with musical jokes.

Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals was first aired in a private concert in March 1886, and next in April at the salon of Pauline Viardot, the singer, composer and musical celebrity to whose feet artistic Paris flocked en masse. Here a star-studded rendition was given for an audience that included the elderly Franz Liszt, whose curiosity had been piqued. Indeed, word about the work was spreading like wildfire, inducing the shrewd Saint-Saëns to stipulate that it must only be published until after his death (except for ‘The Swan’, which was released on its own). He suspected it might prove too popular for his own good. In addition, it could have gotten him into trouble over his use of copyrighted material by another composer, i.e., the “Can-can” from Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.

His will, however, revoked the prohibition and Carnival was published posthumously in 1922 as a Grande fantaisie zoologique. It was first premiered on the 26th of February 1922, almost 30 years after its creation. 

We will present a recording of the piece accompanied by poetry by American poet, Frederic Ogden Nash, read by Noel Coward. Ogden Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse, of which he wrote over 500 pieces. With his unconventional rhyming schemes, he was declared the country’s best-known producer of humorous poetry.


Community Music | Arts Events

We are also excited about launching our, Sunset Community Music | Arts  initiative, where you can enjoy mostly free (occasionally, donations or a small fee may be requested) concerts and programs,  produced and performed by members of the local community. If you are interested in performing as part of this program, please contact us at 415.564.2324 or e-mail us at

Tag Cloud