Mark MacNamara

Mark MacNamara ( is a journalist in San Francisco who has written for such publications as, Vanity Fair, and The Stanford Social Innovation Review. He also wrote a recent piece for Nautilus, a science magazine, about Edward Elgar’s penchant for ciphers and riddles.

Articles by this Author

Kids & Families Feature
April 17, 2014

There will be a lot of private family events this weekend, but if you’re looking for something to do with the family to celebrate, or for no special reason, here are some best bets.

More "Three Weekend Recommendations for Families" »
News Report
April 11, 2014

The Peninsula Symphony was allegedly robbed by its former executive director, but it was also compromised by a board that trusted too much.

More "UPDATE: The Discreet Charm of Stephen Jay Carlton" »
Kids & Families Feature
April 10, 2014

In this profile of a local school music program SFCV spoke with Michael Pakaluk, who heads the music program at Lynbrook High School.

More "Music in the Schools: Lynbrook High School" »
Kids & Families Feature
April 3, 2014

Randy Porter is a larger-than-life figure to many of his middle school students. But being that big often has a different look in the inner-city.

More "You-Go Mr. Porter: Slap!" »
Upcoming Concert
    March 29 and 30

    A String Quartet in Denial (Squid, Inc.) and populist conductor Benjamin Simon and his orchestra team up for a highly entertaining family concert.

    More about San Francisco Chamber Orchestra »

    Kids & Families Feature
    March 20, 2014

    Read all about the program and upgrade at Berkeley’s Jazzschool, a place you really should know about.

    More "All That Jazz in Berkeley" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    March 13, 2014

    The Junior Bach Festival has seen many illustrious musicians come through its programs. It celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and is readying its 51st festival, nine concerts crammed with 116 performances.

    More "Bach to the Future" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    March 6, 2014

    The new site is driven by the potential of online gaming in music education and learning. Kids can play, perform, conduct, and compose — make music, and just listen to it. All in the spirit of fun.

    More "S.F. Symphony's New Website for Kids: Let the Games Begin" »
    Upcoming Concert
      Sat March 1, 2014 10:00am

      The Young Artists Competition finals are at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis this weekend.

      More about Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition »

      Kids & Families Feature
      February 27, 2014

      Let us count the ways to catch the ever-busy, delightful San Francisco Girls Chorus this March.

      More "Catching Up With the San Francisco Girls Chorus" »
      Kids & Families Feature
      February 20, 2014

      The Orchestra, a Brazilian source of pride, will give two performances featuring youthful sizzle as well as strong musicianship.

      More "The Bahia Youth Symphony Orchestra: El Sistema, Brazilian Style" »
      Kids & Families Feature
      February 13, 2014

      The John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden Music Center fosters deep creativity even in very young children.

      More "Coming of Age: John Adams and the Young Composer's Program" »
      Upcoming Concert
        Feb. 22 and March 1

        Stanford's Pan-Asian Music Festival’s 10th anniversary features four great performances by a group from Tibet and another from Mongolia.

        More about Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival »

        Feature Article
        February 5, 2014

        It almost didn’t happen at all, but the lockout–ravaged Minnesota Orchestra holds a concert in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

        More "Picking Up the Pieces: The Minnesota Orchestra Plays It Forward" »
        Kids & Families Feature
        January 30, 2014

        This weekend, cellist Emil Miland plays the Elgar Cello Concerto with the orchestra he first played it with, 40 years ago.

        More "Rhapsody in Unity: a Cellist's Then and Now" »
        Upcoming Concert
          February: Black History Month

          How better to celebrate Black History Month than at SFJAZZ; more than a great jazz venue, it features a series of outreach programs with education classes, events, and now a “family matinee.”

          More about SF Jazz »

          Upcoming Concert
            Sun January 19, 2014 3:00pm

            What’s the energy level like when 500-plus youth orchestra players get together to share great music? You have to experience it to understand.

            More »

            Kids & Families Feature
            January 9, 2014

            Tyler Hayford is about to play a big concert, but he’s asking the usual big questions teenagers have, some that music alone won’t help him answer.

            More "From the Deep: A Teenage Phenom Figures It Out" »
            Kids & Families Feature
            December 19, 2013

            The holidays are about personal and professional traditions, as well as seasonal ones. And so we asked around to find out how some in the SFCV community celebrate this time of year. Here are a few of the responses.

            More "Traditions to Savor Each Season" »
            Kids & Families Feature
            December 12, 2013

            We expose a local secret: Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro, a fine dance company sporting a dance school in San Lorenzo, as well as many South Bay performances.

            More "Ballet Folklorico Celebrates a Mexican Navidad" »