David Wiegand had an abiding respect for both the Bay Area performing arts and the audience who supported them, and now those two constituencies are invited to return this respect at a public memorial this evening.
“Remembering David Wiegand” is scheduled for June 4 at the Great American Music Hall, billed as a tribute to The Chronicle’s longtime arts and entertainment editor and TV critic. His sudden death shocked both the national and local arts and culture scene.
“The arts community has been struck dumb by David’s death,” said former Chronicle pop music critic Joel Selvin, “and the outpouring of sympathy and support has been astonishing.”
Performers include Paula West, jazz singer Spencer Day, and soprano Nicolle Foland accompanied by pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi. The San Francisco Symphony will be represented by principal trumpet Mark Inouye and pianist Marc Shapiro.
Speakers include Nancy Bechtle, novelist Ann Beattie, Chronicle Editor in Chief Audrey Cooper and KGO talk show legend Ronn Owens. Sculptor Topher Delaney will also speak on behalf of Wiegand’s beloved Australian shepherd, Angus, whom Delaney has adopted.
“This is for the people he left behind to experience some sense of closure,” said Selvin.
Donations in Wiegand’s honor may also be made to the Friends of School of the Arts Foundation (236 West Portal Ave., No. 844, S.F.), which supports the artist-in-residence program at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts high school, and the NorCal Aussie Rescue (www.norcalaussierescue.com). - SF Gate