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Steven Winn

Steven Winn is a San Francisco based free-lance writer and critic and frequent City Arts & Lectures interviewer. His work has appeared in Art News, California, Humanities, Manhattan, Symphony Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Articles by this Author

Early Music/Baroque Review
February 14, 2017

The highlights, including a rare chaconne by Marin Marais, stuck with you.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 31, 2017

Philharmonia Baroque offers a bit of arcane music history along with fine performances of Mozart and Haydn.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 24, 2017

The chamber ensemble played with fire and grace on works from Handel, Bach, and Rameau.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
December 6, 2016

Orchestra, chorus, and soloists coalesce under McGegan’s baton to bring down the walls in Palo Alto.

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Chamber Music Review
October 18, 2016

Pianist Jonathan Biss curates an evening of late period Beethoven at San Francisco Performances.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
October 11, 2016

Standout vocal performances and attention to musical details do full justice to Bach’s spiritual masterwork.

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Opera Review
September 30, 2016

The Italian bass-baritone delivers an opera buffa performance for the ages.

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Opera Review
September 12, 2016

S.F. Opera’s new commission transcends its limitations with sumptuous staging and beguiling performances.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
August 16, 2016

The North American premiere of a 1734 Handel serenata is an interesting glimpse of the composer fulfilling his duties as unofficial court composer. Eyes and ears were on some of the strongly cast soloists.

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Opera Review
August 1, 2016

Thomas Adès’ early masterpiece has lost none of its shock value, but there is serious musical and dramatic entertainment, exploited to the full by West Edge Opera.

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Opera Review
July 26, 2016

Anne Sexton’s dark, wordy libretto is buoyed by strong performances and Conrad Susa’s score.

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Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Calixto Bieito’s setting of Bizet’s classic explores the corrosive effects of doomed love.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 27, 2016

The semistaged production cleverly transcends limits and delivers an exuberant reading of Bernstein’s score.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 25, 2016

The popular mezzo-soprano justifies her adulation in a standout performance of an eerie Berlioz cantata.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2016

Music Director Alan Gilbert’s muscular approach made a tame program exciting and fresh.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 3, 2016

The heralded composer’s much-anticipated premiere was just one gem in a dazzling evening of sonic and temporal connections explored by Pablo Heras-Casado and the S.F Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2016

Singing the praises of Mendelssohn’s underrated “Hymn of Praise” symphony in a powerhouse performance by Philharmonia Baroque and an augmented Philharmonia Chorale.

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Opera Review
April 18, 2016

New Opera NYC’s Julia Lima and Viktor Antipenko are thrilling in Tchaikovsky one-act opera.

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Recital Review
March 25, 2016

The Mexican-American baritone delivered a fascinating and linguistically diverse program without getting tongue-tied.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 9, 2016

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields fielded a great soloist on Sunday, but missed a conductor’s attention.

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