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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  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

Articles by this Author

Artist Spotlight
August 17, 2012

Striving to clue audiences in on the music they’re hearing, pianist and teacher Jeffrey Sykes believes in taking new paths to enhance their understanding.

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Upcoming Concert
July 25, 2012

The Hidden World of Girls, the Kitchen Sisters show that transforms to a multimedia performance at the Cabrillo Festival this week, is really about what’s hidden in a good story, and the rituals of storytelling.

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Upcoming Concert
July 16, 2012

Performances at the Freight and Salvage in honor of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday illuminate just how interesting a figure he was, not just the mythology that sprang up in his wake.

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Feature Article
June 12, 2012

It’s a tale for our times, though not an uplifting one. In the end, no one would or could do what was necessary to save a local professional orchestra.

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Upcoming Concert
May 1, 2012

The rip-roaring days of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast come alive, courtesy of the S.F. Symphony.

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Feature Article
April 26, 2012

Rob Kapilow’s new piece for the Marin Symphony contemplates the Golden Gate Bridge, sound by sound, note by note.

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Feature Article
February 28, 2012

The Sphinx Organization is having slow but steady success in introducing classical music to underserved African-Americans and Latinos, and in the process is helping to further integrate American orchestras.

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Upcoming Concert
January 16, 2012

A much-lauded quartet soldiers on with two substitute players, due to a birth in the string family.

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