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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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October 24, 2013
Some composers are famous for just one piece of music. That’s not quite true of today’s birthday boy, but it’s close enough. In the opera Carmen, Georges Bizet created one of the world’s most ...
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October 17, 2013

This playlist is dedicated to that effect, which anybody who has ridden through that part of the country has felt.

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October 17, 2013
Charles Ives was a terrific young musician, son of a bandleader, who went to Yale and studied composition with the highly regarded Horatio Parker. But he had wild musical ideas in his head and his Yan...
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October 10, 2013

Verdi wrote 23 operas, of which about 10 are consistently among the most-performed operas every year. So a short playlist like this will hardly do justice to the composer’s achievement. But it will get you started.

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October 10, 2013
From September 2013 through August 2014, there will be more than 2,475 full performances of operas by today’s birthday boy, Giuseppe Verdi. Mozart operas will get a little over 1,550; Puccini, 1,425...
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October 3, 2013

Whether you’re going out for a run or planning a long drive or settling down for a study session, sometimes you need music that gets your pulse and tickles your brain. Here's a playlist to get your groove on.

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September 26, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on Sept. 15 and Jesse Hamlin’s article on Opera Cultura this week in SFCV got us thinking about music south of the border. Here’s a playlist of some great music from Mexico.

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September 26, 2013
One of the most popular American composers of all time, George Gershwin, has his birthday today. Born in 1898 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, he and his brother Ira became one of the top songwrit...
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September 19, 2013

Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony is only the beginning of a list of lyrical goodbyes.

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September 19, 2013
Some composers have fascinating lives — they behave as if they’re the lead character in a political thriller or action-adventure movie. And then there are those like Gustav Holst, whose birthday a...
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September 12, 2013

Music education through the ages.

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Kids & Families Feature
September 12, 2013

This Sunday, the place to be will be the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, where tot-rocker Alison Faith Levy and her band headline the sixth annual Yerba Buena Family Day.

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September 6, 2013

This playlist features music that evokes night in many different senses of the word. There’s beautiful melody, but also some surprises.

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September 5, 2013

Few composers can claim outstanding success in all genres of classical music; Antonin Dvořák is one of them. Dvořák, whose 162nd birthday will be commemorated on Sunday, was a star who wrote great symphonies, symphonic poems, concertos, and chamber music.

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August 29, 2013
Last Sunday was the anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Bernstein was a triple-threat musician — pianist, composer, and conductor — who was also a great teacher. He is at the center of the...
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August 29, 2013

Listen to these classic tracks that commemorate the long struggle for human rights and dignity, and the trials of the everyday Joe and Jill.

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August 22, 2013

Everybody needs a little sanity when it’s time to hit the books. So here is our first release of music to study by: a musical decompression chamber for the homework burdened who may be alone in the test-prep wilderness.

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August 22, 2013
Today we celebrate a composer who once said of music: "There is no theory. You only have to listen. Pleasure is law."
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August 15, 2013

We keep rediscovering the inexhaustibly deep musical traditions of Africa as artists from all over the world are refreshed and inspired by them. Her'es our late-summer introduction to a few of Africa's beautiful musical traditions.

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August 8, 2013

Our friends over at NPR are running a summer contest to decide on "the great American symphony." Since they brought it up, here’s a list of American symphonies we think you ought to give a try. 

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