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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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December 13, 2012

Among the better holiday concerts: SingersMarin's “‘Tis the Season… Silver Bells, Dreidels, and More.”

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Kids & Families Feature
December 13, 2012
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December 13, 2012
Recently, I wrote a piece about careers in music titled Portraits For a Young Musician. It’s about innovative ways to make a career in music, outside the performance hall and beyond the classroom. ...
December 13, 2012
It was Charles Burns who inspired Mark Morris’ bizarre adaptation of The Nutcracker. Burns, one of the masters of elipitcally told graphic stories, said once in an interview, “My interst is reall...
December 13, 2012
From time to time we feature music programs for very young children. One school to consider is Jon’s School of Music (www.jsom.com), which you can find more about through the Berkeley Parent’s Net...
December 13, 2012
This revival version plays at the Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City, through Dec. 23. Novel staging, on a children’s playground, complete with bars, swings, and tic tac toe. Cast includes 26 adults, 1...
Kids & Families Feature
December 6, 2012
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December 6, 2012
As part of its effort to provide family entertainment, and to celebrate its anniversary season, The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis features the San Francisco Symphony Family Concer...
December 6, 2012
Melody of China is a San Francisco-based music ensemble that offers both traditional and contemporary Chinese music. Some works have been commissioned. On Friday, at 8 p.m. at the Old First Church in ...
December 6, 2012
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: Three Grammy-winning award albums. One of the treasures of the Bay Area. Diverse in every sense. Their bread and butter ranges from spirituals to contemporary gosp...
December 6, 2012
You wonder how long we can go on with this sordid obsession of trying to get children into ever better schools and colleges. The idioms of the day are revealing. The notion used to be to “ace” an ...
Kids & Families Feature
November 29, 2012
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November 29, 2012
SFCV published a roundup of holiday concerts last week, which includes a family friendly section. But there are so many out there, that we thought we’d give you a few more options across the Bay Are...
November 29, 2012
My SFCV feature Portraits for a Young Musician was originally titled “Notes to a Young Musician” thinking of Ranier Maria Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet,” those 10 inspiring letters addres...
Artist Spotlight
November 28, 2012

In a continuation of his conversation with SFCV, Cal Performances Director Matías Tarnopolsky muses on the direction of music education in the U.S. and the fusing of performance and education goals at the UC Berkeley institution.

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Feature Article
November 27, 2012

In the “new economy,” young musicians are finding their way, despite an uncertain job market, declining concert attendance, and other discouragements. Here are some of their stories, along with the perspective of an older generation.

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News Report
November 26, 2012

The Lincoln Theater in Yountville will again produce live entertainment in the fall 2013 season. But questions about its artistic mission and funding are far from answered.

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Kids & Families Feature
November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
Chamber Music Day Live + Free is one of those very special events in the fall that you absolutely do not want to miss....
November 15, 2012
Here's a discussion and masterclass lead by Davitt Moroney, the renowned UC Berkeley musicologist (as well as harpsichordist and organist) about whom The Washington Post wrote: “Moroney is one of th...

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