Features

David Bratman - May 1, 2007
In the last few decades, classical record bins have been increasingly filled with remastered "historical recordings" of long-past performances.
Janice Berman - April 24, 2007
There's an art to making an art song. Just ask Jake Heggie or Ricky Ian Gordon. Having each scored notable successes as opera composers, they'll share the bill on April 29, when Cal Performances presents "Theater in Song" at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
Michael Tilson Thomas - April 17, 2007

Long before he became a world-class conductor, San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas was a devotee of the music of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. Hearing him changed Thomas' views on modern classicism.

Janos Gereben - April 10, 2007
Seinfeld fans fondly remember "Festivus," the holiday made up by George's father to get around the Christmas/Hanukkah dichotomy. In the world of music festivals, too, there is a difference between the real thing and festivals in name only. A real summer music festival has a special place of its own — think Salzburg, Aspen, Tanglewood — and it isn't just the extension of a regular season.
Brett Campbell - April 3, 2007
It's common for people approaching middle age to suddenly pursue youth — a sports car, a new job, an affair, a face-lift.
Robert P. Commanday - March 27, 2007
Well, what do you know? Here's a cheery, feel-good story from the White House that was born in Berkeley. It's about a bunch of East Bay teenage musicians who stood tall and brought them to their feet at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last Jan. 22.