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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
January 23, 2014

Here’s a playlist of standards and unusual pieces from Mozart’s last year, 1791, during which the composer accomplished professionally the likes of which is difficult to believe, especially considering he was suffering a terminal illness.

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Playlist
January 16, 2014

One of the greatest orators in American history, Martin Luther King Jr. made his own music verbally, as many musicians have long understood. Here are King’s words mixed with some of the music that informed his own “symphony of brotherhood.”

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Editorial
January 14, 2014

For many small arts presenters in the U.S., there’s no way up, and success is defined by survival of the program.

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Upcoming Concert
December 20, 2013

One thing that co-founder and lutenist David Tayler wants you to know about the group’s upcoming “Venetian Vespers” concert: It’s going to be fun ... exactly what you want this time of year amidst the cookie-cutter carols concerts.

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Upcoming Concert
December 19, 2013

Smuin Ballet avoids the whole Nutcracker scrum every year by doing a program they call The Christmas Ballet. It’s the opposite of traditional, despite its 20th anniversary this year.

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Upcoming Concert
December 18, 2013

There is a particularly Episcopalian (Anglican) Christmas service sometimes titled “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” In San Francisco, it makes you think of Grace Cathedral, where the Choir of Men and Boys celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

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Upcoming Concert
December 18, 2013

Indulge in some Slavic soul with the Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble. 

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Playlist
December 18, 2013

Here’s a season-appropriate playlist for all those who have overdosed on carols relentlessly piped through shopping malls and other offices and public spaces. We’ve brought some seasonal favorites together for you to include it in your holiday mix.

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December 12, 2013
December 11 was Hector Berlioz’ 190th birth anniversary. He’s mostly known and loved for one composition: the Symphonie fantastique. Even he knew it — he completed a sequel, called Lelio, which ...
Playlist
December 11, 2013

Here, SFCV celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela through the many songs that were written for him and about him. There are dozens from which to choose, and many of them became rallying signals in the fight against the apartheid regime of South Africa.

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Upcoming Concert
December 6, 2013

O.K., maybe you’re thinking King Wenceslas not Henry VIII, but you can usually trust California Bach Society choral director Paul Flight’s inventive programming, so don’t judge this concert by its title.

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Upcoming Concert
December 5, 2013

If you’re at all moved by early music, you won’t want to pass up the chance to hear the San Francisco Bach Choir sing William Byrd’s motet O magnum mysterium along with a selection of Michael Praetorius Christmas carols.

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Playlist
December 5, 2013

London is featured in some of the greatest music ever created. Here’s a tribute to a city whose musical history is nonpareil.

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December 5, 2013
On Sunday, Finland will celebrate the 148th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’ birth. The rest of us can celebrate, too. ...
Season Preview
December 3, 2013

In this season when classical music is part of popular tradition, there’s a Messiah round every corner, and you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Nutcracker dancer. So here’s your guide to the holiday concert season, nutcrackers, carols, and all.

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Playlist
November 21, 2013

If getting to know Benjamin Britten's music is on your to-do list, you can begin with this playlist of pieces from his most celebrated works as well as some lesser-known music.

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November 21, 2013
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, and it’s a big one. If you’re marking the 200th or 300th anniversary of a composer, their music has pretty much stood the test of t...
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November 7, 2013

The space age has inspired many musicians to write music inspired by our efforts to understand our solar system and universe. Here's to inspiration from the stars.

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October 31, 2013
A lot of great musicians are math/science oriented, so it shouldn’t surprise you that there are a few composers, like today’s birthday boy, Alexander Borodin, who had a hard time choosing between ...
Playlist
October 24, 2013

There is so much scary, spooky music out there, Halloween is practically a classical music holiday. This is just a beginning sampler ranging from ghost stories to haunted house staples. Have fun.

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