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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.

Articles by this Author

April 4, 2013
You don’t think of it, but it can be a stigma to play in a jazz band in high school, to be a young jazz musician. The other day in the central quad at Liberty High School, for example, the jazz band...
April 4, 2013
Periodically, the Kids Around the Bay column profiles one of the local school music programs, to provide parents with a sense of the resources and philosophy offered, as well as how programs compare. ...
Kids & Families Feature
March 28, 2013
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March 28, 2013
Franz Joseph Haydn’s birthday is this coming Sunday, so it’s not technically his birthday week, but we’ll stretch a point this once....
March 28, 2013
“Oftentimes I don’t get the respect,” Emma Simpson told us. She’s a 5’4”, 17-year-old upright bass player, with small hands. She’s into progressive rock-jazz fusion. “For example, I m...
Kids & Families Feature
March 21, 2013
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March 21, 2013
March 23-34, various times in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Mateo: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra family concert, “Shall We Dance.” For entertainment and educational value the SFCO family conc...
March 21, 2013
Periodically, the Kids Around the Bay column profiles one of the local school music programs, to provide parents with a sense of the resources and philosophy offered, as well as how programs compare. ...
March 21, 2013
There’s an exciting, huge event on the horizon: April 26-28, the enterprising Volti Chamber Singers join forces with the San Francisco Choral Society, the Leah Stein Dance Company of Philadelphia, ...
Feature Article
March 19, 2013

A local composer dreams big: Lisa Bielawa has an idea that has already taken longer to plan than to compose, in which “who” and “how” are at least as important as the notes, and in which ordinary people (you!) can take part.

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Kids & Families Feature
March 14, 2013
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March 14, 2013
March 15-17, Mondavi Center, Davis: Cashore Marionettes. If you missed this amazing performance a year-and-a-half ago, when it was in Berkeley, here’s another chance, though for many it would mean a...
March 14, 2013
Fifteen thousand people sang during the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. They were between the ages of 20 and 30; from 40 districts, in 12 regions across the country. From 15,000, t...
March 14, 2013
Every two weeks, the Kids Around the Bay column profiles one of the local school music programs, to provide parents with a sense of the resources and philosophy offered, as well as how programs compar...
Kids & Families Feature
March 7, 2013
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March 7, 2013
Online education has become not only relevant, practical, and popular, but gradually more respected. At the same time, for music students the encounter has been mostly a one-way conversation in which...
March 7, 2013
In San Francisco, on Bush St., there stands Audium Theatre with 49 seats where listeners are surrounded by speakers in sloping walls, a floating floor, and a suspended ceiling. The room is completely ...
March 7, 2013
March 7. Thursday. (Tonight). 8 p.m., Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley. Jewish Music Festival. The always terrific, the legendary Theodore Bikel, along with Bosnian accordionist Merima Kljuc...
Kids & Families Feature
February 28, 2013
More "Kids Around the Bay"
February 28, 2013
Each week we celebrate the birthday of one composer from the SFCV composer gallery. This week’s birthday boy is Gioachino Rossini (born Feb. 29, 1792), whose career ushered in the “Golden Century...

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