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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.

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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. ...
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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April 26, 2016
Opera fits naturally into San Francisco Unified School District’s weeklong arts celebration....
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April 21, 2016

The modern music conservatory needs to graduate healthy, aware people – and deal with the potential for abuse of the mentoring system, says arts administrator Jenny Bilfield.

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April 15, 2016
The coming Berkeley Symphony season is focused on new works from major, contemporary composers, including local ones. ...
April 13, 2016
On the strength of rebounding subscription income, Philharmonia is going all out next season ...
April 6, 2016
Not every award is worth crowing about, but winning an Avery Fisher Career Grant puts you in pretty rare company as this year’s winners attest. ...