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Janos Gereben

Janos Gereben appreciates news tips, corrections, and words of encouragement at [email protected].

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Music News
July 12, 2011

If It's July, Can the Fall Season Be Far Behind?

If you're not yet in full celebration of the San Francisco Symphony's 100-year existence, its luxurious hardback (remember those?), Music for a City, Music for the World, published for the opening of the centennial season in September, will certainly put you in t
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Music News
July 5, 2011

The Ring Experience

Francesca Zambello, David Gockley and Nina StemmeWhen the curtain came down for the final time Sunday, cutting an eight-minute standing ovation short in the overcrowded War Memorial Opera House, it seemed an insufficient response to three superb cycles of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung.
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Music News
June 28, 2011

From Double Bass to the Podium in Double Time

The first time I conducted the LSO [London Symphony Orchestra], it was for a rehearsal, and I had about two minutes to decide whether or not I wanted to step in. The walk to the podium felt not unlike the "March to the Scaffold" in Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.
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DVD Review
June 22, 2011

A documentary cracks open a window on “sacred monster” Carlos Kleiber, that eccentric, passionate, and difficult conductor.

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Feature Article
June 21, 2011

Some of the best things in life are free, as this list of summer concerts demonstrates. Catch orchestras, young performers, and recitalists for nada, using this insider guide.

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Music News
June 21, 2011

Beethoven Missa Closes Symphony Season

Similar in grandeur and majesty, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa solemnis (Solemn Mass), both from 1824, are virtually at opposite ends of the composer's hit parade. The Ninth is performed constantly around the world, but the Missa comes along once or twice in an orchestra's lifetime.

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Music News
June 14, 2011

Big Kudos to Little Napa

At a time when basic government social services are in jeopardy, it takes mountains of courage and a heap of long-range foresight for a city to make a major commitment to an opera house.
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Music News
June 7, 2011

Sonos to Estonia, Free Preview in Sunnyvale

While the San Francisco Symphony is winding up its tour of Europe, the Sonos Handbell Ensemble is preparing to leave for the Estonian capital of Tallinn to participate in the June 25-29 Bell Arts International
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Feature Article
June 7, 2011

Lovers of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung may have differing recommendations, but surprisingly, there is one recording almost everyone agrees is a first choice.

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Music News
May 31, 2011

Let Dr.

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CD Review
May 31, 2011

John Adams is baaaack in his “fun chamber,” with a spirited, quasi-redux chamber symphony that pulsates with joy.

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Music News
May 24, 2011

The Magic of 'Cloud Singing'

Just when we are beginning to comprehend cloud computing, here comes cloud singing. That, at least, is what I think Ragnar Bohlin called what happened during the San Francisco Symphony Chorus concert he conducted at Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday.

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Feature Article
May 23, 2011

There are bigger spectator sports, but none with more participants than choral singing. Surprising but true: more Americans sing in choruses, chorales, choirs, glee clubs and other vocal groups — both professional and amateur — than engage in football, baseball, tennis, even Greco-Roman wrestling.

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Music News
May 17, 2011

Chorus America to Converge on the City

Chorus America is holding its 34th annual convention in the city, June 8-11, hosted by the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Chanticleer. SFGC, along with the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, is among winners of the 2011 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming; Chanticleer and Volti received the award before.
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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 12, 2011

No music is an island and the San Francisco Symphony's performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony is a case in point.

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Music News
May 10, 2011

Somber Words from the Opera House

David Gockley used the occasion of the five-year extension of his contract as General Director of the San Francisco Opera last week to sound yet another alarm about the company's present and future.
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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 6, 2011

Michael Tilson Thomas and the S.F. Symphony Mahler Machine provide a deeply moving experience in a presentation of the Ninth Symphony, one that audiences can't help but celebrate.

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Music News
May 3, 2011

'Tis the Season of Season Announcements

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CD Review
May 3, 2011

After all these years, Garrick Ohlsson continues to wow, he's a pianist whose career you can be willing to bet on, a technically superior artist with the hands to create transporting sounds.

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Music News
April 26, 2011

Merry May of Mahler

One of Leonard Bernstein's many accomplishments was to bring Gustav Mahler to the attention of American audiences in the 1960s, five decades after the death of his predecessor at the New York Philharmonic. And yet, despite Bernstein's performances and recordings of those challenging masterpieces, Mahler's popularity had its ups and downs.

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