Music Articles

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.


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March 8, 2016

The winner of the 2013 Pulitzer likes “janky mandolin,” hip hop, random sounds and, oh yeah, Bach and Beethoven. Discover how she finds inspiration in exploring different “worlds of music.”

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March 1, 2016

An opera premiere about a Marine returning from Iraq is grounded in the experiences of a veteran of the recent war.

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February 25, 2016

Although she’s grown smarter about her work habits, Sarah Chang is still learning and pushing herself with new challenges.

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February 23, 2016

Mark Morris takes on Layla and Majnun for Cal Performances, and Rossini's Italian Girl heads to Livermore.

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February 15, 2016

For Lara Downes the personal is musical, and she’s building her career on connecting audiences to artistic process. And she’s thinking carefully about how music connects to human events.

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February 9, 2016

Trios take over Music at Kohl Mansion, and Stuart Canin is back in the news with The Rifleman's Violin.

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February 1, 2016

The Cypress Quartet musicians are ending their run together, after 20 years. Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel fills in the details.

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January 27, 2016

Seniors are experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits of regular music practice as part of a scientific study on music and aging.

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January 26, 2016

S.F. Symphony hopes for a touchdown with its collaboration with NFL Films, and West Bay Opera gets ready for Onegin.

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January 22, 2016

It’s not your dad’s electronic organ. At 16 tons, Marshall and Ogletree’s International Touring Organ is (barely) portable, but it’s the expanded range of things it can do that is really interesting.

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