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Georgia Rowe

Georgia Rowe has been a Bay Area arts writer since 1986. She is Opera News’ chief San Francisco correspondent, and a frequent contributor to San Francisco Classical Voice, Musical America, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and San Francisco Examiner. Her work has also appeared in Gramophone, San Francisco Magazine, and Songlines.

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Recital Review
May 1, 2011

Works for three celebrated Baroque tenors are showcased by the superb Ian Bostridge, with Les Violons du Roy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 28, 2011

As any chef will tell you, the best recipes are simple ones. Here’s a Bay Area recipe that seems to work every time: Bring forth the San Francisco Symphony and engage Peter Oundjian as guest conductor. Mix and serve.

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Recital Review
April 3, 2011

Soprano Jessica Rivera brings vividly to life a new work by Mark Grey, commemorating 9/11, that deals with peace, purification, and transcendence.

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Feature Article
March 15, 2011

When Lorin Maazel stepped down as music director of the New York Philharmonic, he could have done what most retirees do — travel, play a little golf, take it easy. Instead, he started an opera company ... in his own backyard.

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Artist Spotlight
March 10, 2011

Since winning the lieder prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, Christopher Maltman has ascended to the top ranks of operatic baritones. Yet Maltman is an avid recitalist. He talks with SFCV about his upcoming performance, his voice, and the future.

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Feature Article
March 1, 2011

This week's Other Minds Festival brings Louis Andriessen, a tribute to composer Henry Brant, and a wide assortment of alternative, unusual, and uncategorizable music over an intense three days.

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Opera Review
February 26, 2011

Philip Glass’ Orphée earns high marks as a 20th-century alternative to Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. It just deserves a better production than the blunt, charmless staging mounted by the Ensemble Parallèle at Herbst Theatre over the weekend.

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Opera Review
February 12, 2011

The Barber of Seville is such a beguiling opera, it’s not hard to see why some mistake it for an easy one. But producers approaching Rossini’s bel canto masterpiece do so at their peril.

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Chamber Music Review
January 30, 2011

Stanford Lively Arts’ “Sundays With the St. Lawrence” series has become one of the more consistently rewarding events on the Bay Area music calendar. Stanford’s ensemble in residence since 1998 returned with a special guest to continue its ongoing exploration of the chamber repertoire.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 21, 2011

Led by guest conductor Marek Janowski, the all-Beethoven program at Davies Symphony Hall proceeded in a entirely unexpected order, yet one with exceptional verve and focus, and results that were both bracing and a little disorienting.

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Feature Article
December 28, 2010

Every season, a few concerts and recitals with “wow” factor come along: rare events that create a sense of occasion, partly because they rarely happen. You know that if you miss them, you’ll probably end up feeling sorry later. Here are a few top recommendations.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 9, 2010

It was Robert Schumann, speaking of string quartets, who advised players to aim for “a conversational tone in which everyone has something to say.” The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble clearly had those words in mind on Thursday night in Mill Valley.

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Feature Article
November 30, 2010

One of America’s foremost composers is still working at a heavy pace. In this interview, he discusses his current and future projects, including his “Son of El Niño” to come.

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Recital Review
November 20, 2010

It’s probably a good thing that Bryn Terfel stopped singing at the end of his recital Saturday night at Zellerbach Hall. Had he kept going, the audience would still be there, cheering for more.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 17, 2010

It’s always a pleasure to watch a singer make her way from aspiring talent to full-fledged artist — and to witness her finding her comfort zone in a vast sea of repertoire. This week’s S.F. Symphony program, featuring soprano Elza van den Heever as soloist was a beguiling case in point.

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Feature Article
November 16, 2010

A look into the nationwide trend by arts presenters, who are beginning to reexamine ticket pricing, and, in many cases, to dramatically reduce the cost of single tickets so as to boost sales.

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Artist Spotlight
November 2, 2010

SFCV catches up with Conductor Alan Curtis, who is based in Florence, but is back in the Bay Area this week to lead Handel's Xerxes for Berkeley West Edge.

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Upcoming Concert
October 18, 2010

Benjamin Bagby may be uniquely qualified to perform Beowulf. He’s been making a progress back to the medieval epic’s source since the start of his career. The American-born, Paris-based early-music specialist arrives in the Bay Area this week to perform his acclaimed “reconstruction” of the Anglo-Saxon poem.

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Artist Spotlight
October 11, 2010

As one of the world’s best-known classical guitarists, John Williams has been responsible for both raising the instrument’s profile and expanding its repertoire. Today Williams, 69, has performed and recorded virtually every piece for the standard classical guitar repertoire; he has also championed African, Cuban, and Latin American composers, and collaborated widely. In a recent call from his home in London, he talked about his work and this week’s concert, which marks his 10th appearance for San Francisco Performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2010

The San Francisco Symphony has been placing its musicians in the solo spotlight this fall, and the results have been good enough to make you wonder if we couldn’t do without high-priced imports more often.

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