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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

September 27, 2012
The Sound of Music, born on Broadway in 1959 has since become the stuff of skits and slams, as well as reverence and audience sing-alongs, a 1950s anthem to the carefree heart. Think of the songs “...
September 27, 2012
Imagine you’re a 25-year-old composer and you get a gig with the San Francisco Symphony under the starry baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, no less. Your 20-minute piece is the warmup act for Mahler...
Kids & Families Feature
September 20, 2012
More "Kids Around the Bay"
September 20, 2012
This has long been a Bay Area tradition, and for many years was honored in a scrub oak grove off Route 37 near Sears Point. The faire is a spontaneous costume drama set in the 1600s, but seeded with p...
September 20, 2012
Among the opportunities for children interested in musical theater is Children’s Musical Theater (CMT), a nonprofit now celebrating its 45th anniversary. It was started by a 17-year-old performer na...
September 20, 2012
In our continuing series of interviews, in which we ask professional musicians their advice about musical education for small children, we talked to Monica Scott, perhaps best known as part of the duo...
Kids & Families Feature
September 13, 2012
More "Kids Around the Bay"
September 13, 2012
This is a treat at the center of West Coast quaint. Beneath the Redwoods, in a town just about everyone in America would die to live in. The art part includes clothing, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, p...
September 13, 2012
This is a terrific program for small children, ages 7 to 10, or between first and fifth grade: September to March — you sign up for the entire year, with no in and out privileges. It’s located at ...
September 13, 2012
Thinking of parents looking to introduce their children to a classical music education (and sometimes, secretly or not, a career as a classical musician), we asked an accomplished musician for his ad...
Season Preview
September 12, 2012

Cal Performances has once again crammed a whole world of diverse art into one season. Director Matias Tarnopolsky guides you to the featured performances.

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Kids & Families Feature
September 6, 2012
More "Kids Around the Bay"
September 6, 2012
This is, of course, one of the great music schools in the country — and where both Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin studied as children. In recent years, the collegiate program has expanded to include...
September 6, 2012
And now summer’s end is here, but all is not lost. The Solano Stroll is still to come this Sunday. It’s one of the Bay Area’s great street fairs, put on by the cities of Berkeley and Albany, and...
September 6, 2012
Named after the son of the founder, Sharone Nassi, Carmel Blue is a refuge, store, and ad hoc community center for moms and babies, fathers, lovers; the expecting and the unexpected. The brick and mor...
August 30, 2012
As you look around for music schools for very young children, here’s an established organization in San Francisco. Started in 1971. Nonprofit. Which means the effort here is to make music afforda...
August 30, 2012
At La Peña, in the Café Valparaíso, the subtext is entirely political, the wine and beer is mixed with peace and justice. The spirit of the campesinos is always present. As it should be, you coul...
August 30, 2012
If you don’t have any other plans, this is what you’re doing one day this weekend: You’re going to this art and music festival in downtown Sausalito. Northern California’s version of Americana...

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