Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.
Small opera companies like Berkeley’s West Edge Opera, Walnut Creek’s Festival Opera, and Palo Alto’s West Bay Opera are finding ways to stay in business and to thrive artistically.More "Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change" »
In a scene that will be repeated on a larger scale in San Francisco in October, the first of Lisa Bielawa’s "Airport Broadcasts" recently took place in Berlin. The participatory event united more than 200 instrumentalists of all kinds.More "Berlin Diary: Community Music-Making on a Huge Scale" »
We had so many possibilities for last week’s three-minute mixtape, we had to create another playlist featuring classical music’s most famous dance tunes, all under three minutes (with one minor exception).More "Three-Minute Mixtape, The Sequel: Dance Party" »
Can the modern piano evolve any further? Pianist and inventor Christopher Taylor thinks so, and has been laboring to perfect a two-keyboard instrument, performing with an early near-equivalent wherever he can.More "Christopher Taylor's Quest for the Perfect Piano" »
You expect to see a folk singer with a battered guitar busking at a train station, but an operatic baritone? A quartet of cellos? Here’s what that’s about.More "Hitting the Streets: S.F. Conservatory Students Busk the City" »