Mark MacNamara

Mark MacNamara ( is a San Francisco-based journalist who has written for such publications as, Vanity Fair, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Nautilus. In recent months in SFCV, among other pieces, he has written about a music director accused of embezzlement; a profile of conductor Alondra de la Parra; an essay about the controversy over ‘trigger warnings’ for college courses; a report on a strike at the Metropolitan Opera; and a feature about the housing problem for artists in San Francisco.

Articles by this Author

Feature Article
August 27, 2015
The general and artistic director of the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle talks to SFCV about the project and how it has evolved for events the project leaders haven’t even thought up. More "Christoph Lieben-Seutter on Building a Concert Hall for the Future" »
Artist Spotlight
August 26, 2015

Louisville Symphony Music Director (and MTT protege) talks about the themes and ideas behind the documentary of his first year in the post.

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Feature Article
August 25, 2015
The leading technological audience engagement tool is now six years old, and it’s a “game-changer,” according to many insiders we’ve talked to. More "How Your Smartphone Can Bring 'Creative Disruption' Into the Concert Hall" »
Upcoming Concert
    August 12, 2015

    Co-founder, Michael Adams, says when it comes to programming a festival, you have to know what your audience likes. More about Music in the Vineyards »

    Upcoming Concert
      August 4, 2015

      David Ramadanoff of the California Sound Collective talks about the importance of diverse programming and bringing the music to the audiences. More about California Sound Collective »

      Upcoming Concert
        July 28, 2015

        A determined cellist balances ambitious repertory and a modern musician's disciplined mix of artistic and business concerns. More about Old First Concerts »

        Feature Article
        July 20, 2015
        As arts promoters and publicity teams deviate more from traditional norms, we’re finding unexpected connections with other industries, like sports. Find out how some ambitious symphony executives are remaking their brands. More "Etudes on Innovation: What the Performing Arts Can Learn From Sports Marketing" »
        Upcoming Concert
          July 8, 2015

          The opera is experiencing a resurgence after working with the community to program performances that appeal to typically underserved audiences. More about Festival Opera »

          Feature Article
          June 30, 2015
          The local orchestra is finding new and interesting ways to touch the community, and is being rewarded. More "Fremont Symphony Flourishes With Help From The Community" »
          Feature Article
          June 18, 2015
          The San Francisco Symphony's principal violist talks about un-selfconscious music making and being “in the zone.” More "Violist Jonathan Vinocour: Reaching Peak Performance" »