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Mark MacNamara

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe 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; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is macnamband.com.

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Upcoming Concert
August 15, 2013

Can you do what you love — dance — and let it take you all the way to college? Find out at Family Day at ODC.

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Kids & Families Feature
August 8, 2013

Not the afternoon hoped for at an San Francisco Symphony pops concert at the Green Music Center.

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August 8, 2013

Keeth Apgar, his wife Nala Walla, and their touring ensemble present "A is for Apple," music for children at two locations, Aug. 23 and 25.

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August 1, 2013

Steve Sage’s “roots music” class at Diablo Valley College is highly popular, and the whole group takes to the stage at the end of August.

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August 1, 2013

If you want a summer weekend on the Santa Cruz boardwalk, why not mix in some music?

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Upcoming Concert
July 25, 2013

Symphony Silicon Valley opens its annual outdoor pops series this weekend at San Jose State.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 25, 2013

A peek into the world of the music students at [email protected], written by 14-year-old pianist Yoko Rosenbaum.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 25, 2013

A girl with talent and more or less the standard dream. Is it her moment? Is talent enough?

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Kids & Families Feature
July 18, 2013

Are video games capable of delivering the next generation of audiences to the symphony orchestra’s door? The huge popularity of video game concerts is too real to ignore, and the S.F. Symphony is betting on selling out two video game concerts at Davies Hall.

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July 11, 2013

The evergreen classic Bye, Bye, Birdie gets the teen treatment.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 11, 2013

Meet Yoko Rosenbaum, enrolled at [email protected]’s Chamber Music Institute. As remarkable as her playing is now, her development and progress are astonishing her mentors — again.

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July 4, 2013
July 9 – 11, Sigmund Stern Grove. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free: Kids Camp. The Magik*Magik Orchestra invites youth, ages 7 to 13, to discover the process of writing music, “classical and otherwise.” ...
Kids & Families Feature
July 4, 2013

Among the better known opportunities for small children to come into the world of music in general, and classical music,in particular, is Music Together, which has more than half a dozen studios in the Bay Area.

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Kids & Families Feature
June 26, 2013

Stage fright, lack of classical music knowledge, peer group pressure, family difficulties: Ariel Bowser has been through it all and come out on the other side a sterling musician. Here’s a profile in courage.

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Kids & Families Feature
June 13, 2013

At the Ethnic Dance Festival this weekend, the illustrious Tibetan opera company Chaksam-Pa will perform, and continue in its tradition of building bridges.

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Kids & Families Feature
June 6, 2013

Keith Terry makes music with, and on, his body. He has also seen the uncanny power of synchronizing his body with music and with other people’s rhythms.

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Kids & Families Feature
June 6, 2013

There’s more music in a Pixar movie than you might think, as Marin Symphony’s principal violist, Jenny Douglass, can attest.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 30, 2013

Anton Sanko’s Whale Migration is music from a documentary, but it’s also the latest entry in a popular subgenre for composers.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 30, 2013

Music was a balm to Sean Do, and he wanted to bring it into his childrens’ lives. He succeeded, but, as always with children, not in the way he expected.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 23, 2013

Winton Lee remembers what struck him about music on a car ride. Now, at 9-years-old, you can hear him how his inspiration plays out in a solo recital.

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