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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. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in ArtsJournal.com.  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast, an essay on classical music in the age of Ultra-Nationalism and a profile of sound composer Pamela Z. MacNamara recently won first place in digital features, in the 2017 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website: macnamband.com.

 

Articles by this Author

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November 27, 2018

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s president has a strategy to make music conservatories broader and more relevant.

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November 6, 2018

The Oakland Symphony's conductor focuses on using music to bring his community together.

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October 8, 2018

The Green Center’s new executive director looks to make art matter to his student constituents.

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May 22, 2018

Can a "flat" organization prevent the abuse endemic in hierarchies? Are humane values worth some inefficiency?

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April 17, 2018

How far could, or should, orchestras go in devolving power away from their music directors?

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March 27, 2018

The original conductorless orchestra is a model organization in many ways. So why is it so hard to implement the "Orpheus Process"?

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November 27, 2017

They keep their artistic engines running while overseeing thousands of small details from multiple projects around the world. Here’s part two of a look inside their empire.

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October 24, 2017

The dynamic duo of chamber music have extraordinary vision and extraordinary influence. Here’s a portrait of these charismatic arts leaders.

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October 2, 2017

Hunger for collaboration fuels C4NM, making it a hub for artists and fascinating new music projects in the Bay Area.

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September 5, 2017

American Bach Soloists is training dozens of young artists in the discipline of early music performance just as the early music movement itself opens up.

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August 29, 2017
The orchestra will survive to play another day, but they’ve been lucky and they know it....
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August 29, 2017

On the eve of the S.F. Electronic Music Festival, intermedia artist Pamela Z talks about her career and the new music community, in which she is now both adventurer and patron saint.

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July 18, 2017

The new director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music wants composers to follow their passion and forge a connection with the audience.

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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....

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