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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

Feature Article
January 10, 2017

Conductor Teddy Abrams floats a compelling version of a concert and conversation series to deal with the political divide in Kentucky.

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December 13, 2016
Adventurous and diverse artists are playing the Presidio now, as the park’s arts initiatives pick up speed. ...
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November 29, 2016

An experiment in communal musicmaking has gained followers and become a unique Christmas tradition.

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Upcoming Concert
November 28, 2016

The populist chamber orchestra invites listeners to engage with the music on their own terms, and smiles when they dance, sing, or text along.

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November 16, 2016
Opera Parallèle’s Hands-on-Opera program engages third graders in a new production based on a popular book. ...
November 15, 2016
The small, local arts venue has lost its roost, and is looking for another one. ...
November 2, 2016
Hope for the vanishing music critic: the Getty Foundation, Rubin Institute, and S.F. Conservatory underwrite a music critic at The Boston Globe. ...
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October 28, 2016

Jane Hill builds success through relentless honesty, creative outreach, and faith in her team — and community.

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October 25, 2016
Learning from top critics from around the U.S. Rubin Institute fellows sampled San Francisco’s musical life and one of them walked away with a $10,000 prize. ...
October 18, 2016
Some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians join forces to raise money for a beloved Berkeley institution ravaged by fire. ...
Feature Article
October 14, 2016

The prolific composer muses on her spiritual roots, the creative process, and evoking the dark side through music.

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October 3, 2016
The beloved church building will be out of commission for a while, and performers are scrambling to find replacement venues. UPDATED Oct. 11 ...
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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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Upcoming Concert
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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