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After his partner died of AIDS, composer Ricky Ian Gordon (above) set out to write a piece of music that would help him come to terms with his loss. His 2008 mini-opera “Green Sneakers,” which Gordon descibes as a Kaddish for his partner, will make its West Coast debut with the Alexander String Quartet and baritone soloist Jesse Blumberg.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Southside Theater, Fort Mason Building D, S.F. $45-$75. http://www.fortmason.org/boxoffice
The Andy Statman Trio. Klezmer band performs in honor of 13 years of Santa Cruz’s Chabad by the Sea. At Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. 7 p.m. $28-$30. http://www.chabadbythesea.com.
Jewish world music. Cantor Richard Kaplan of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland performs. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.jewishlearningworks.org.
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