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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 Downbeat, JazzTimes, Marin Arts & Culture, 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
February 9, 2020

The electroacoustic duo brings their dramatic fusion of traditional Middle-Eastern music, electronica, and cutting-edge visuals to the Green Center on Feb. 20.

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Artist Spotlight
February 8, 2020

The charismatic virtuoso defies expectations and opens minds at Bing Studio on Feb. 16.

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Artist Spotlight
February 7, 2020

Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann perform 15 newly commissioned works at UC Davis on Feb. 14.

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Artist Spotlight
February 3, 2020

The group brings its pan-cultural sounds to Askenaz on Feb. 9.

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Upcoming Concert
January 19, 2020

The young quartet finds balance on many different levels.

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Artist Spotlight
December 26, 2019

The traveling trumpeter talks about life on the road and his shows at SFJAZZ in January.

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Upcoming Concert
December 17, 2019

The annual event, at Oakland’s First Congregational Church, explores an ancient art form with new-age energy.

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Upcoming Concert
December 15, 2019

Barbara Higbie, William Ackerman, and friends celebrate the longest night with forward-leaning acoustic music.

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Artist Spotlight
November 30, 2019

The jazz chanteuse has upcoming gigs with the SF and Oakland Symphonies. She talks about her passions and influences.

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Upcoming Concert
November 9, 2019

Tres Hermanicas and Aquila are set to play a concert of music that bridges a traditional religious divide.

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Artist Spotlight
October 19, 2019

The jazz virtuoso has an upcoming gig at SFJAZZ. He reveals his wildly eclectic influences.

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Artist Spotlight
September 27, 2019

The celebrated conductor talks about his musical journey and his return to SF Opera for Figaro, which opens Oct. 11.

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Artist Spotlight
September 11, 2019

The acclaimed pianist chats about recording the complete Beethoven sonatas, which he’ll play in his upcoming solo run at Hertz Hall.

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Artist Spotlight
August 25, 2019

The baritone says his lead role with SF Opera can be traced back to a single aria.

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Artist Spotlight
July 11, 2019

The pianist/composer is stretching himself and keeping a lot of balls in the air.

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Artist Spotlight
July 6, 2019

The electric harpist talks about her unusual trio and their bold new sound.

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Artist Spotlight
July 6, 2019

The couple presents Musto’s comedic opera, Bastianello, at Festival Napa Valley.

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Jazz Review
July 2, 2019

Notable guests join the hip big band as it premieres selections from a new CD.

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Artist Spotlight
June 14, 2019

The bassist’s latest piece is a tribute to his Sephardic ancestors.

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Artist Spotlight
June 7, 2019

The young conductor muses on his time in San Francisco and about what’s next.

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