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Lily O'Brien

Lily O'Brien is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the performing arts. She has written feature articles and previews for a variety of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Marin Independent Journal, and Strings Magazine. She is a singer who has performed professionally in a variety of genres, and an avid world traveler and bicyclist.

Articles by this Author

Artist Spotlight
November 30, 2018

The renowned conductor talks about her long career, her new book on Handel, and her upcoming stint with the S.F Symphony.

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Upcoming Concert
November 18, 2018

The group’s revival of the 1738 Venetian opera features another strong woman character.

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Artist Spotlight
November 5, 2018

The South African-born soprano makes her San Francisco Opera debut this month in Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life.

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Upcoming Concert
October 25, 2018

MacArthur “genius” grant winner Matthew Aucoin and his new opera company visit ODC Theater in San Francisco.

More about ODC Dance Company »
Artist Spotlight
October 12, 2018

The groundbreaking guitarist talks about his musical odyssey and upcoming gig at the Fox Oakland.

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Upcoming Concert
September 15, 2018

Trumpeter Sean Jones and a band of all-stars explore cross-cultural currents in this centennial presentation for S.F. Performances.

More about San Francisco Performances »
Artist Spotlight
September 14, 2018

The didgeridoo virtuoso blazes new musical paths with diverse collaborators from around the globe.

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Upcoming Concert
July 27, 2018

A new opera, based on historical records, brings the life of the exotic dancer to the West Edge Opera stage.

More about West Edge Opera »
Artist Spotlight
June 26, 2018

The sitar virtuoso returns to the Bay Area in July. She shares stories of her fabled upbringing, finding her own path, and her efforts to support refugees.

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Feature Article
June 11, 2018

This spectacle of the season will be even more spectacular.

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Upcoming Concert
May 19, 2018

The legendary tenor sax and flute player performs with an all-star ensemble at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival in June.

More about Healdsburg Jazz Festival »
Upcoming Concert
May 19, 2018

Ensembles from around the globe honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an exuberant mix of performance arts and politics.

More about San Francisco International Arts Festival »
Upcoming Concert
May 4, 2018

The singer-songwriter brings the music of her latest album to Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage.

More about Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse »
Feature Article
March 3, 2018

Known for her cross-cultural musical dialogs, the pipa master delves deeper into Chinese traditions with the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band.

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Feature Article
February 1, 2018

Saxophone quartets used to be rare and marginalized, but the instrument is claiming more of a place in the concert world now.

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Upcoming Concert
November 27, 2017

The great jazz vocalist talks about his new holiday album and upcoming concert at the Herbst.

More about SFJAZZ »
Upcoming Concert
May 2, 2017

The innovative ensemble unites voices, instruments, and inspired improvisation to expand musical horizons and work for social justice.

More about Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse »
Upcoming Concert
February 28, 2017

The Greek Chamber Music Project showcases modern music inspired by traditional folk sources.

More about Greek Chamber Music Project »
Artist Spotlight
October 14, 2016

The pianist chats about the joys and challenges of keeping his roles as performer, pedagogue, and parent in perspective.

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Artist Spotlight
October 11, 2016

Marin Symphony’s new executive director reflects on the latest venture in his wide-ranging career.

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