Artist Spotlight

These lively Q&A's aim to shed light on the personalities behind the music. Get to know your favorite artists...or discover someone new!


Artist Spotlight
October 27, 2013
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One of America’s finest song composers turned just turned 90, without much fanfare. And that’s the way he prefers it.

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Artist Spotlight
October 21, 2013
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Before his appearance at the S.F. Opera to sing the Dutchman, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley reflects on one of his most-beloved roles, as a cursed man who will never give up.

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Artist Spotlight
October 11, 2013
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Greatly preferring performing live to recording, pianist András Schiff reflects on his love of Bach and Beethoven and discusses pedaling, music memory, and historical performance.

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Artist Spotlight
October 7, 2013
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It has been an eventful couple of years for bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, professionally and personally. Now, he is back at the S.F. Opera for the first time in over a decade, in one of his signature roles, Verdi’s Falstaff.

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Artist Spotlight
September 25, 2013
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The conductor draws on a wide palette for two weeks of concerts in San Francisco, promising excitement for audiences.

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Artist Spotlight
September 4, 2013
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After successfully rebounding from colon cancer in 2010 and an embolism in July of this year, 72-year-old Plácido Domingo has proven that you can't keep a good tenor down.

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Artist Spotlight
August 30, 2013
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Quadruple threat Audra McDonald warms up her extraordinary pipes for opening night at the S.F. Symphony, and talks about her love for educating youth.

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Artist Spotlight
August 23, 2013
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From Bach to bluegrass to “salongrass,” Chris Thile plays the mandolin as if there’s no tomorrow.

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Artist Spotlight
August 14, 2013
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Newly appointed as music director of the California Symphony, Donato Cabrera talks about building a rapport with the audience and musicians, what sparked his passion in music, and how his plans for the future will do the same for others. 

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Artist Spotlight
August 7, 2013
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Young stride pianist Stephanie Trick visits SFJAZZ with a plethora of powerful and pleasurable pieces.

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