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Jeff Kaliss

Jeff Kaliss has featured and reviewed classical, jazz, rock, and world musics and other entertainment for the San Francisco Chronicle and a host of other regional, national, international, and web-based publications. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is the author of I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone (Backbeat Books) and numerous textbook and encyclopedia entries, album liner notes, and festival program notes.

Articles by this Author

February 11, 2015
Announcing a new program aimed at “millenials” to promote art through digital media.
Artist Spotlight
February 9, 2015

Speaking to us from his home in Paris during a well-deserved break from the road, virtuoso violinist Renaud Capuçon discusses the women, repertoire, and violins in his life.

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Feature Article
February 4, 2015

Sister Helen Prejean, composer Jake Heggie, and Opera Parallele artistic director Nicole Paiement reflect on the creation and artistic success of the opera.

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Artist Spotlight
January 22, 2015

The celebrated organist talks about Messiaen’s Livre du Saint-Sacrament, which he performs this weekend, and about advocating for his instrument.

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January 12, 2015
The teaching of the great Indian classical musician has been preserved on tape and is now going to be available to the public.
Upcoming Concert
January 7, 2015

A cellist heralds in the New Year with two concerts, both of them involving old acquaintances, as well as new music.

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CD Review
December 19, 2014

Branford Marsalis as you’ve never heard him before, on solo saxophone, in a ranging program of styles, in the cavernous, holy confines of Grace Cathedral.

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Artist Spotlight
December 13, 2014

The celebrated conductor shares memories of the founding of his orchestra and the making of Amadeus.

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December 9, 2014
Lisa Bielawa's latest big idea is an opera conceived as separate productions of individual parts.
Early Music/Baroque Review
November 24, 2014

Nina Stern and Daphna Mor brought both their virtuosity and their educational mission to the Bay Area in the company of their East of the River ensemble.

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Upcoming Concert
November 7, 2014

Curlew River arrives at Zellerbach Hall next weekend. The story of seeking and redemption, set to the music of Benjamin Britten, is also a story of fulfillment for visionary British director Netia Jones.

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Artist Spotlight
November 3, 2014

Traditional jazz still flourishes in New Orleans and elsewhere, kept alive by groups such as the Rebirth Brass Band.

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Artist Spotlight
October 7, 2014

The French-born conductor Stéphane Denève takes the S.F. Symphony on a lively international tour with works composed within a few years of each other.

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Chamber Music Review
September 21, 2014

At the SFFCM Music Day featuring several acts in the three performance areas bubbles with enthusiasm and portends good things to come.

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Feature Article
September 9, 2014

On The Last Southern Gentlemen, Delfeayo Marsalis unites with his father, Ellis, on a project that encompasses his musical upbringing and training, and his view of jazz tradition.

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Upcoming Concert
August 26, 2014

As San Francisco Opera readies its revival of the most-performed American opera, Susannah, the composer and the opera’s general director reflect on their cherished artistic partnership.

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Artist Spotlight
August 19, 2014

The iconoclastic organist Cameron Carpenter is always ready to tear up concert halls and cathedrals with his vivid interpretations.

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Artist Spotlight
July 30, 2014

Hard to define, easy to admire, the hot trio Time for Three ranges widely in material, performance style, and ambition.

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Upcoming Concert
July 25, 2014

So far as cellist Tanya Tomkins and pianist Eric Zivian know, there’s no other festival doing chamber music on period instruments. But there will be the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

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Festival Review
July 20, 2014

Musical wonders witnessed in a glorious seaside setting are the hallmark of the 28th season of the Mendocino Music Festival.

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