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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

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. ...
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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. ...
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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....
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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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July 12, 2016

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

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July 5, 2016

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

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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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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. ...