Michael Zwiebach

Michael Zwiebach is the senior editor/ content manager for SFCV. He assigns all articles and content, manages the writing staff and does editing. A member of SFCV from the beginning, Michael holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Articles by this Author

April 9, 2014

Perk up your body and spirit with this playlist welcoming spring.

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April 8, 2014

As more women dare to put themselves forward in the realm of music, arts organizations — those which are not so self-destructive as to ignore the talent of half the planet’s musicians — will begin to hand them the baton more often.

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News Report
April 1, 2014

With great pleasure, San Francisco Classical Voice announces the winner of its second Music Educator Award: Randy Porter, music director of Westlake Middle School in Oakland.

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March 27, 2014

Paris has seen a lot of Aprils come and go: Here are songs that have accompanied some of those hopeful springs.

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March 20, 2014

This month marks the 300th anniversary of a composer you’ll love, if you don’t already know his music.

More "Who's Your Daddy: C.P.E. Playlist" »
March 13, 2014

Neoclassical heavy metal? Shredded Mendelssohn? We have all the great bombastic classics, and a few new suggestions as well.

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March 6, 2014

A couple of days have passed since the actual Mardi Gras celebration, but that won’t stop us from putting out our Mardi Gras/ Carnival playlist.

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February 27, 2014

Here’s a playlist of some famous “alla Turca” classics, alongside Turkish music — a mutual influence that continues to this day.

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February 20, 2014

Although the Hollywood movie industry relies more than ever on huge budget action movies, the movies nominated for best score of 2013 have a much less adrenaline-pumping, ear-splitting character. Here are nominees.

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February 13, 2014

Music is front and center in the Winter Olympics from the opening ceremonies to the figure skating programs that are one of the games’ major draws. Here are some musical highlights from the Sochi Games.

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February 6, 2014

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this SFCV playlist for the Year of the Horse.

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January 30, 2014

In memory of the late Pete Seeger, here’s a playlist that explores the back-and-forth between classical, written music and the folk-music it is indebted to.

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January 23, 2014

Here’s a playlist of standards and unusual pieces from Mozart’s last year, 1791, during which the composer accomplished professionally the likes of which is difficult to believe, especially considering he was suffering a terminal illness.

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January 16, 2014

One of the greatest orators in American history, Martin Luther King Jr. made his own music verbally, as many musicians have long understood. Here are King’s words mixed with some of the music that informed his own “symphony of brotherhood.”

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January 14, 2014

For many small arts presenters in the U.S., there’s no way up, and success is defined by survival of the program.

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Upcoming Concert
    Dec 21 and 22

    One thing that co-founder and lutenist David Tayler wants you to know about the group’s upcoming “Venetian Vespers” concert: It’s going to be fun ... exactly what you want this time of year amidst the cookie-cutter carols concerts.

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    Critics' Picks
    • Critics Pick
    Dec. 20 - 28

    Smuin Ballet avoids the whole Nutcracker scrum every year by doing a program they call The Christmas Ballet. It’s the opposite of traditional, despite its 20th anniversary this year.

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    Critics' Picks
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    • Critics Pick
    Dec. 20 - 24

    There is a particularly Episcopalian (Anglican) Christmas service sometimes titled “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” In San Francisco, it makes you think of Grace Cathedral, where the Choir of Men and Boys celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

    More about Grace Cathedral Concerts »

    Critics' Picks
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    • Critics Pick
    Dec. 21 - 22

    Indulge in some Slavic soul with the Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble. 

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    December 18, 2013

    Here’s a season-appropriate playlist for all those who have overdosed on carols relentlessly piped through shopping malls and other offices and public spaces. We’ve brought some seasonal favorites together for you to include it in your holiday mix.

    More "Winter Holidays Playlist" »