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Michael Zwiebach

Michael Zwiebach is the senior editor/ content manager for SFCV. He assigns all articles and content, manages the writing staff and does editing. A member of SFCV from the beginning, Michael holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Playlist
June 27, 2013

Birds are the original musicians, as human musicians can appreciate. This playlist is a mix of songs and classical instrumentals honoring our fine feathered friends.

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June 25, 2013
Sasha Cooke is one of the most sought-after mezzo-sopranos over the past few years, and a riveting actress, which is needed for The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, especially becayse she is onstage
June 20, 2013
A German-Jewish musician, a cellist, all of 19, makes his way to Paris to begin a virtuoso career. He’s not a commanding personality, but he has a lot of wit, and after playing in various Parisian o...
Upcoming Concert
June 20, 2013

If there’s a single event that parents and kids should enjoy together, it is the Garden of Memory mini-festival on June 21 at the Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium in Oakland.

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Playlist
June 20, 2013

Beach days are here, even in Northern California. And with it arrives the first of our beach playlists.

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June 13, 2013
Richard Strauss loved big orchestras. He was a contemporary of Gustav Mahler, and both of them supersized their scores. Known for his symphonic poems early in his career, Strauss always wanted to writ...
Playlist
June 13, 2013

When the light grows longer in summer, and it becomes harder for kids (and adults) to go to sleep on time, a little quiet music can do the trick.

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June 12, 2013
By good luck, SFCV was present at the rehearsal of a pivotal scene in Act 1 of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Here's sharing that fly-on-the-wall experience.
June 11, 2013
New music has never been a problem for Nathan Gunn. In this interview, he talks about the challenge of playing Jesus in Mark Adamo’s opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
June 6, 2013
June 8, Saturday, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley 11:00 a.m.: Singer/Songwriter José-Luis Orozco. You may not be aware of Orozco, who’s well known in Latino households around the nation...
June 6, 2013
Mark Adamo has been extraordinarily successful at writing operas. Adamo takes time with lyrical moments, and he is a superb librettist. The reasons for this became clear as he talked to SFCV
June 6, 2013
The birthday cake on June 8 is for Robert Schumann, who hasn’t been around to eat it for 157 years. Schumann’s dad was a book publisher, and Robert’s music was strongly influenced by his reading...
Playlist
June 6, 2013

From Hans Christian Andersen to the Grimm brothers, 19th-century Europeans were vastly interested in fairytales. For this playlist we turn to pieces that are directly inspired by folk tales.

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Upcoming Concert
June 3, 2013

The latest concert of the young, well-received duo ZOFO features music from several space-age composers and, of course, excursions to Gustav Holst’s The Planets

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Upcoming Concert
June 3, 2013

Hats off to Susan McMane, who will be taking her Young Women’s Choral Projects charges through a sampling of music, including Galuppi’s marvelous Dixit Dominus.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 30, 2013

What's the word on the festival street this weekend? Jazz on the Hill in San Mateo and, yum, Berkeley's Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival.

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May 30, 2013
David Korins is very attuned to creating an “environment” for The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, which is what he describes so interestingly here.
Kids & Families Feature
May 30, 2013

Edward Elgar was the leading English composer at the beginning of the 20th century. It only seems fitting to honor him, not only in his birthday week, but in a time of so much Pomp and Circumstance.

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Playlist
May 30, 2013

Igor Stravinsky’s famous score for the ballet The Rite of Spring is 100 years old this month, and everyone is celebrating. For this playlist we turn to Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes.

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May 24, 2013
San Francisco Opera Chorus Master Ian Robertson talks about preparing a new work, and the challenges that brings.

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