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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

Kids & Families Feature
October 18, 2012
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October 18, 2012
Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s short A Colorful Symphony is based on The Phantom Toll Booth, the 1961 novel by Norton Juster (illustrated by Jules Feiffer), about a boy named Milo who, one lazy afternoo...
October 18, 2012
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale's upcoming, innovative program features Carol Barnett's The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with a five-member bluegrass band. And afterward, those bewitching melodies ...
October 18, 2012
Ben Simon, director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, has never forgotten those Saturday mornings at noon, at Carnegie Hall, going to Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts in the early...
Kids & Families Feature
October 11, 2012
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October 11, 2012
This is the fifth year of this much respected competition. “We’ve set this up in a special way,” Geri Actor told us; she and her husband, Lee Actor, came up with the idea several years ago....
October 11, 2012
Stanford's ensemble-in-residence is the St. Lawrence String Quartet, one of the great ensembles of its kind. The St. Lawrence's recordings have won the German critics' award, Canada’s Juno Award, an...
October 11, 2012
The two major ballet schools in San Francisco are run by the San Francisco Ballet and City Ballet. The former includes some 500 students; the latter, 142. Both are intensive programs designed to find ...
October 11, 2012
As public school arts and culture programs have disappeared, the private sector has come to play an ever more intensive role in filling the vacuum. Opera San Jose is at the forefront. And now, Educat...
October 4, 2012
This is the nation’s oldest Italian-American celebration and parade. It’s also San Francisco’s oldest civic event — it started in 1868 — and, of course, what a neighborhood this has become: ...
October 4, 2012
Warren Hellman has passed away, but the torch has been passed: Long live the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. His largesse is legendary and he arranged an endowment to support the festival for 15 ...
Kids & Families Feature
October 4, 2012
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October 4, 2012
"From The Top" is a decade-old nonprofit in Boston whose productions you may know through the weekly NPR program hosted by Christopher O’Riley. The focus is on young musical talent, for ages from 8 ...
October 4, 2012
Singers Marin was established as a nonprofit by the illustrious singer and teacher Jan Pedersen Schiff in 1987, who remains the artistic director of the group of choirs. It's among the better choirs i...
October 4, 2012
Community Music Day is a remarkable event, not least because it’s so appealing to small children. The celebrated “instrument petting zoo” is where you'll find kids exploring instruments: blowi...
October 4, 2012
Lynn Douthit does it by herself, and has since 1979. “I like to be in control,” she told us the other day. In truth she does have helpers, mostly young dancers in high school or college. Classes ...
Kids & Families Feature
September 27, 2012
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September 27, 2012
It’s fall and you’re back in the ‘big busy.’ That's understandable, but if you had time to hear these 30 children sing it would do your heart good. They are absolutely terrific singers, with a...
September 27, 2012
Think of it: A whole day of free dance, music, and theater — Chitresh Das Dance Company; Cypress String Quartet; Davitt Moroney; story tellers Diane Ferlatte and Eth-Noh Tec; not to mention Daniel B...

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