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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

Feature Article
December 16, 2011

An uproar over the nonrenewal of an artistic director’s contract brings out sharp divisions in how to define success at one of the most successful youth choruses in the world.

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Upcoming Concert
December 14, 2011

Want to know the secrets of Olivier Messiaen’s music? Ask organist Jonathan Dimmock, who plays one of the composer’s greatest works this month.

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Feature Article
November 29, 2011

Farewell to Montserrat Figueras, a great singer whom Bay Area audiences will long remember.

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Feature Article
October 24, 2011

The latest test to U.S. copyright law before the Supreme Court affects a wide range of “little guys.” What will the impact be for classical music stakeholders?

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Feature Article
September 17, 2011

The Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of one provision of recent U.S. copyright law. In Part 1 of SFCV’s special report, we take a look at the issues, the history, and the important implications for musicians.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 19, 2011

Children’s lives can be transformed at the annual Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances in Berkeley. Years later, careers may even bloom out of the intensive experience.

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Feature Article
July 4, 2011

As Paul Goodwin arrives from England to take the podium for his first season as artistic director of the venerable Carmel Festival, he talks to SFCV about his artistic path and beliefs.

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Feature Article
July 1, 2011

Details of the Oakland budget, including the means for closing a $58 million shortfall, are still emerging, but the City Council has preserved the entire arts funding program.

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Feature Article
May 30, 2011

Travel notes from the San Francisco Symphony on its tour abroad, now playing Gustav Mahler in his hometown.

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May 24, 2011

A riveting Irene Dalis competition brings together incredible talent, a lineup of judges to match, and promising winners, including an audience favorite who is breaking through the ice and beginning to bloom.

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