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
April 9, 2015
The Sacramento region faces an identity crisis when it comes to the arts. Can it remake itself? More "Can Sacramento Ever Become Brooklyn? (And Would It Want To…)" »
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March 19, 2015

After a long journey, the opera comes to the Bay Area on March 21 and 28. More about Fremont Opera »

Upcoming Concert
    November 1, 2014

    Gilbert and Sullivan get their annual freshening up in the Lamplighters Music Theatre parody show.

    More about Lamplighters Music Theatre »

    Feature Article
    October 22, 2014

    The San Francisco Symphony’s irrepressible pianist has learned a lot about music and life during his 44-year stint with the orchestra.

    More "Robin Sutherland: A Pianist's Journey With the S.F. Symphony" »
    News Report
    October 21, 2014

    San Francisco supervisor candidates addressed arts-related questions at the Arts Town Hall on Monday, but without specific plans to offer.

    More "The Arts in S.F.? Plans Build Bridge to Nowhere" »
    Feature Article
    October 16, 2014

    How would you like your piano teacher to write music for your own artistic needs? Here’s one who does.

    More "Music in the Age of Personalization: Composing Your Potential " »
    Kids & Families Feature
    October 3, 2014

    Sitting down with Dakota Dry, a young actress and singer, just out of rehearsal for a Berkeley Playhouse production of Mary Poppins, directed and choreographed by Kimberly Dooley.

    More "At Play With a Young Actress in Berkeley " »
    Feature Article
    September 23, 2014

    Faced with a declining budget and faced with dwindling audiences, will the board's decision to fire the music director and bring in fresh blood be the answer for the Vallejo Symphony?

    More "Seeking Change? The Vallejo Symphony Firing Squad" »
    News Report
    September 22, 2014

    Drama ensues at the opening of Marriage of Figaro at Lincoln Center when the New York City Fire Dept. discovered a significant portion of the scenery was found to not be fireproof.

    More "UPDATE: Is the Metropolitan Opera Fire-Proof?" »
    Feature Article
    September 16, 2014

    Art isn’t easy, and finding an affordable place to live is almost impossible in the Bay Area. So, musicians are starting to move rather than tough it out. What can be done to reverse the trend?

    More "Will Artists Be Squeezed Out of the Bay Area?" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    August 7, 2014

    Improvistation on string insturments for children to explore, and a Family Date Nights on Fridays at the Bay Area Children’s Museum — check both out.

    More "Bay Area Best Bets: Teaching Improv and Family Date Nights" »
    Feature Article
    August 7, 2014

    Is the Metropolitan Opera is headed for a lockout? The employees are demoralized and surprised by this prospect, but bewilderment is something they’re familiar with from the Gelb regime.

    More "Clocked In … Or Locked Out at the Metropolitan Opera" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    July 24, 2014

    Two weekends of concerts in the open air — it’s what summer is all about.

    More "Symphony Silicon Valley Pops Festival Opens This Weekend" »
    Feature Article
    July 23, 2014

    Never mind the difficulties of making a career, the young violin prodigies just keep coming.

    More "Born to Play: Young Violinist Dazzles" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    July 17, 2014

    Among the large number of events at the two-week Carmel Bach Festival, are several that are family friendly, including a youth chorus and, for the first time, a bonafide children’s concert.

    More "Carmel Bach Festival: Adventures With Kids" »
    Feature Article
    July 15, 2014

    In an increasingly expensive higher education world, some students have asked for warnings about course content that might be upsetting. Should they be accommodated? And what are the stakes?

    More "In Colleges, Content Warnings Trigger a Debate" »
    Feature Article
    July 13, 2014

    She made a splash, early on in her career, founding the successful Philharmonia Orchestra of the Americas. But Alondra de la Parra came prepared for the struggle that is the career of a conductor. And she is definitely not complaining.

    More "Alondra de la Parra: The View From the Podium" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    July 10, 2014

    The Festival del Sole'e eccentric calendar includes two very noteworthy performances by the Sphinx Orchestra, known for its quality but also because it is the only orchestra in America comprised entirely of Black and Latino musicians.

    More "Festival del Sole: Unity and the Sphinx " »
    Feature Article
    July 3, 2014

    Back in the former USSR, Estonia has taken the choral festival to a whole other level. And the kids from the Piedmont-East Bay Children’s Choir are participating in the scene and having the time of their lives.

    More "An East Bay-Estonia Choir Connection" »
    Upcoming Concert
      June 26, 2014

      The great melodies and daffy humor of Gilbert and Sullivan are on display this week from the students of Summer Music West and Lamplighters Music Theatre.

      More about Lamplighters Music Theatre »