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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

January 31, 2013
January 31, Thursday (tonight!) The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto presents “The Music and the Mirror … Broadway’s Reflection of Our American Life" – Sing-along. Featuring...
January 31, 2013
The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (EBCPA) was established in Richmond following the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. In the years since it has evolved from a modest music school to...
Kids & Families Feature
January 24, 2013
More "Kids Around the Bay"
January 24, 2013
January 26: Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony. Another in a series of “outreach” concerts, to show the uninitiated or unfamiliar how things work in an orchestra. Recommended for ...
January 24, 2013
It is the Year of the Snake, sometimes called the Year of the Little Dragon; the year for people who are intuitive and graceful, and both cunning and wise. New Year’s day is February 10. “Of cour...
January 24, 2013
The SFJAZZ Center has opened: Praise be the lord. It’s in Hayes Valley at the corner of Fell and Franklin. Season one is now underway. Opening night was Wednesday, featuring Joshua Redman. McCoy Tyn...
Kids & Families Feature
January 17, 2013
More "Kids Around the Bay"
January 17, 2013
January 19, Saturday: Ragazzi Boys Chorus presents Singfest, a 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event for boys 7 to 10 who love to sing. Audition opportunity, if you wish, but no stress and no experience required....
January 17, 2013
There may be no better way for a child (or adult) to step into the history of the Civil Rights era than through its music. Famous lines from spirituals, hymns, and freedom songs show up throughout the...
January 17, 2013
We reached Lara Downes, a friend of ‘the Classical Voice’. She’s an artist in residence at UC Davis and her most recent album is Exile’s Café, a collection of 19th- and 20th-century solo-pian...
January 17, 2013
This very special holiday, including the days leading up to it, is filled with events that one might attend. In parks and community centers, in schools and streets — in the Crystal Ballroom of the ...
Kids & Families Feature
January 15, 2013

Sonoma’s Weill Hall will host some 400 young musicians at the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival designed to showcase their talent while helping a youth charity.

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Kids & Families Feature
January 10, 2013
More "Kids Around the Bay"
January 10, 2013
San Francisco Ballet Community Matinee: Make a note of this one. It’s the first of two, on Thursday, Jan. 31; 11:30 a.m.; second matinee is in March. Each is a 75-minute introduction to the art for...
January 10, 2013
In the Leonard Bernstein tradition, Ben Simon continues his introduction to classical music for young children and toddlers, with his “Very First Concerts” series. Each is a 20-minute adventure co...
January 10, 2013
The 35th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival runs from June 1 to 30, but auditions are being held this weekend and next. If you enjoy dance or you’re curious about the auditioning process thi...
Feature Article
January 8, 2013

In a new collaborative piece, four artists, including former Kronos Quartet member Joan Jeanrenaud, explore their own creative reactions to disease and disability.

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Kids & Families Feature
December 20, 2012
More "Kids Around the Bay"
December 20, 2012
If your child is interested in gospel, you might consider the Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir, under the direction of Terrance Kelly, recently profiled in this column. He’s looking to enlarge this di...
December 20, 2012
School’s out, what now? Parents may be searching for cultural activities for their children in the days leading up to Christmas, or other holiday, and then through the end of the year. Well, you’r...

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