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Mark MacNamara

Mark MacNamara, a San Francisco-based journalist, has written for such publications as Nautilus, Salon, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair.  Recent pieces for San Francisco Classical Voice include profiles of San Francisco Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink, and the great violinist, Midori; along with essays on Teddy Abrams’s effort to build political bridges with music and Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast.

Articles by this Author

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June 20, 2017

Composer Lisa Bielawa is used to big ideas and challenges, and her T.V. serial opera is again pushing back limits.

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June 16, 2017

Vijay Iyer wants musical experiences that push him to the brink, and maybe over.

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June 10, 2017

The jazz pianist and classical composer imports some Southern Indian influences, ironically bringing the festival back to one of its roots.

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May 22, 2017

One of the country’s most accomplished young composers talks about his run-in with border-control officials, and how his art and political work feed off each other.

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May 3, 2017

In announcing the 2017–18 season, Chris Lorway is looking to expand Stanford’s cultural footprint.

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April 4, 2017

The executive behind Keeping Score and SoundBox reflects on his 18-year tenure.

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April 3, 2017
A Crowden School alumna is a co-founder of one of the laureate ensembles of the Sphinx Organization. ...
Upcoming Concert
March 21, 2017

Ensemble for These Times presents a show grounded in a call-and-response piece to Picasso’s famous painting.

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March 11, 2017
The Junior Bach Festival fosters tomorrow’s musical champions. ...
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March 11, 2017

How have musicians been affected by stringent border controls, and how might the arts change in response to the right’s culture war?

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March 4, 2017
A classical-music festival is the latest draw to the once-forbidden island. ...
February 21, 2017
“Operatic Heroes” features countertenor Iestyn Davies and guest conductor Jonathan Cohen. ...
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January 31, 2017

The theme of the Stanford festival is soft power, the growing prestige of Asian music.

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January 31, 2017

The virtuoso violinist, academic, and activist discusses the mysteries of making music.

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January 26, 2017
The homegrown festival of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, hosts a preview concert at Center for New Music. ...
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January 10, 2017

Conductor Teddy Abrams floats a compelling version of a concert and conversation series to deal with the political divide in Kentucky.

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December 13, 2016
Adventurous and diverse artists are playing the Presidio now, as the park’s arts initiatives pick up speed. ...
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November 29, 2016

An experiment in communal musicmaking has gained followers and become a unique Christmas tradition.

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November 28, 2016

The populist chamber orchestra invites listeners to engage with the music on their own terms, and smiles when they dance, sing, or text along.

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November 16, 2016
Opera Parallèle’s Hands-on-Opera program engages third graders in a new production based on a popular book. ...

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