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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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May 24, 2013
San Francisco Opera Chorus Master Ian Robertson talks about preparing a new work, and the challenges that brings.
Upcoming Concert
May 23, 2013

The Oakland-East Bay Symphony is playing a tribute to Bay Area resident jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who died last year at the age of 92. The benefit concert will raise money for the OEBS education programs.

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Playlist
May 23, 2013

Richard Wagner, who turned 200 yesterday, wrote one of the great epic stories ever in his Ring of the Nibelung. This slim-and-trim version doesn’t take in the whole story, but it's a good primer.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 23, 2013

Richard Wagner established German repertory of the world, creating a radical new way to tell stories in music. Learn more about one of the most inventive composers for orchestra on his 200th birthday.

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May 16, 2013
Tenor A.J. Gluckert tells us what it’s like to dive into a new score and what he loves about Mark Adamo’s music.
May 16, 2013
May is a popular month to be born in: Lou Harrison shares his May 15 birthday with Claudio Monteverdi and May 17 is Eric Satie’s big day. Once again alphabetical order comes to the dictates preferen...
Playlist
May 16, 2013

We had so many possibilities for last week’s three-minute mixtape, we had to create another playlist featuring classical music’s most famous dance tunes, all under three minutes (with one minor exception).

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Upcoming Concert
May 15, 2013

Cantare con Vivo’s May concert is traditionally an uplifting, fun affair, which goes by the title “How Can I Keep From Singing?”

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Upcoming Concert
May 15, 2013

When pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin comes to town, it’s often to play something gnarly or seldom played. In his appearances with the S.F. Symphony this time he’s scheduled for Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

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Upcoming Concert
May 15, 2013

It’s definitely worth the trip to see Glass’ version of Beauty and the Beast ruffle the grace of Cocteau’s imagery.

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May 10, 2013
Here’s your SFCV cheat sheet for the opera – the background, sources, story, controversy, and some interpretive ideas, expertly boiled down to a few minutes by Kaleen Asbo.
May 9, 2013
This month is youth orchestra month, with spring orchestra concerts around the Bay. Here they are, with the young soloists involved: May 11, Saturday, 8 p.m., First Congregational Church of Berkeley:...
May 9, 2013
It’s rare, but two great composers share the same May 7 birthday: Johannes Brahms and Peter Tchaikovsky. Brahms was seven years older, so he gets the nod this time (but somebody remind us that next ...
Playlist
May 9, 2013

If you, or one of the, um, younger people you know, has a short attention span, you’re going to love this mixtape. 

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May 6, 2013
Greg Weber is the director of productions for San Francisco Opera, which means that he’s the chief technical officer of the entire staff of the opera (props, costumes, sets, lighting, etc.) He’s w...
May 2, 2013
May 3 and 4, Shannon Theater, Fremont High School: Before Stephen Sondheim wrote his convention-defying, form-opening musicals, he collaborated with comic writers Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove on A...
Playlist
May 2, 2013

There are dozens of ways to organize musical meter, but only some of them are common in Western classical styles. This week's Playlist samples some of the uncommon ways of organizing rhythm.

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April 30, 2013

Eos Ensemble, made up of members of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, celebrates their 10th anniversary with a Beethoven perennial, the Septet and Stravinsky’s laconic, darkly humorous Soldier’s Tale.

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April 30, 2013

Hot on the heels of the recent exhibition of California-inspired sheet music, comes a fun and fascinating concert by San Francisco Bach Choir of those songs.

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