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Mark MacNamara

Mark MacNamara ( is a San Francisco-based journalist who has written for such publications as, Vanity Fair, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Nautilus. In recent months in SFCV, among other pieces, he has written about a music director accused of embezzlement; a profile of conductor Alondra de la Parra; an essay about the controversy over ‘trigger warnings’ for college courses; a report on a strike at the Metropolitan Opera; and a feature about the housing problem for artists in San Francisco.

Articles by this Author

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    September 23, 2016

    Elizabeth Roe and her piano duo partner Greg Anderson are breaking a lot of "rules" and bringing four-hand piano music into the 21st century.

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    September 20, 2016
    A new 399-seat recital hall is at the center of the new building. ...
    September 20, 2016
    The dance group, which integrates dancers with and without disabilities, and also does advocacy, scores a big grant to further its work. ...
    September 7, 2016
    The arts philanthropist whose gifts led to the Mondavi Center at UC Davis and much more, died last Friday. ...
    Feature Article
    September 1, 2016

    The influential guitarist and long-serving S.F. Conservatory of Music professor, David Tanenbaum, gives us a piece of his mind.

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    August 16, 2016

    The great trumpeter and, now, classical composer, appears at Lesher Center Jazz this weekend, and shares some of the lessons he’s learned over his lifetime.

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    August 3, 2016
    Dianne and Hoyt are Bay Area Radio HOF-bound....
    August 2, 2016
    The local, educational station throws itself a musical birthday party....
    Feature Article
    July 26, 2016

    Author/pianist Stuart Isacoff recounts the dramatic story of Van Cliburn’s Tchaikovsky Competition victory at the height of the Cold War.

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    July 20, 2016

    Enterprising director Josh Shaw makes the most of a cultural touchstone to bring Mozart’s opera to life.

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    Feature Article
    July 12, 2016

    Rise up amateurs. Eric Kujawsky is not accepting second-class status for his orchestra of music lovers.

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    Feature Article
    July 5, 2016

    T.A. takes a page from MTT’s playbook, but develops it in his own way.

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    Feature Article
    June 28, 2016

    David Gockley tells the story of the San Francisco tradition he created and reflects on his record as an operatic populist.

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    Feature Article
    June 24, 2016

    Your cheat sheet to 18 different festivals across California and the West Coast.

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    June 14, 2016
    It may have a hard time breaking through the noise, but Cinnabar Theater hosts a vibrant, varied series of performances, which this month includes Mozart’s Magic Flute. ...
    June 1, 2016
    The innovative company’s 2016–2017 season features operas by Philip Glass, Jonathan Dove, and Christopher Pratorius. ...
    May 31, 2016
    Next up at the brand new series: Bach played on a “guitello.” Read on, to find out what that is. ...
    May 19, 2016
    The San Francisco Opera company’s musical director elected to move on after his contract expires two years from now. ...
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    May 11, 2016

    Neglected as a propaganda piece for decades, Marc Blitzstein’s enormous Airborne Symphony is being revived by the appropriately named ensemble Curious Flights.

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    May 3, 2016

    Approaching the end of their collaboration, Cypress Quartet returns to their roots in a series of performances in unusual locales.

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