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April 4, 2013

Family ConcertApril 6, Saturday, all day at Ardenwood Historic Farm: Tartan Day Scottish Fair. Ach, ye still can’t beat thepipes for an ear-splitting racket that’ll give you a prize headache. Scottish dancing, kilts, activities, the whole magilla. Plus, you can teach the kids what haggis is.

April 6, Saturday, Davies Symphony Hall, 2 p.m.: San Francisco Symphony’s Music for Families Concert. With the San Francisco Symphony back to work, this concert is on as scheduled, although you’d be excused for having forgotten about it. It’s one of the best of this series, however, dealing with one piece, Dvořák’s beloved Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” This is a concert about how to listen, but between the stories of Dvorak’s life and the infectious tunes, the kids probably won’t notice that.

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in ArtsJournal.com.  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is macnamband.com.