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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
August 1, 2013

Ever since the music industry emerged as a mass commercial enterprise, musicians have waded between that "popular" music and classical (mostly uncommercial) music. In today’s mix, we sample music by musicians who have been at the top of the music industry but have refused to be defined by it.

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Playlist
July 25, 2013

The guitar is an instrument that goes everywhere and plays every kind of music. In this playlist, though, we concentrate on Spanish classical guitar as well as Brazil’s extraordinarily diverse, famous guitarists and their music.

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Upcoming Concert
July 19, 2013

Iolanthe, or the Peer and the Peri may not be the most famous or most remembered show by Gilbert and Sullivan, but it is one of their best. Lamplighters Music Theatre is, of course, the local specialist in this repertoire.

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Upcoming Concert
July 19, 2013

The Cabrillo Festival opens with its usual bang, behind the powerhouse Christopher Rouse whose vibrant, propulsive (and loud) music is made for opening festivals.

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Upcoming Concert
July 19, 2013

George Cleve’s Midsummer Mozart festival will be graced by violinist Mayuko Kamio in its second concert set.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 18, 2013

Teddy Abrams, 26, is an established musician with a lot of good sense about what being a musician means. Here he talks about the challenges of a career in an interview with SFCV.

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Playlist
July 18, 2013

Here, subject to correction and amplification by any 10- to 40-year-old with expertise, is a set of music to some of the most popular video games ever.

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Video Essay
July 16, 2013

It only took a few days for the American Bach Soloists to sell out its festival production of Heinrich Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis. For the lucky few who saw it, many of them new to ABS, it was massively entertaining.

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July 11, 2013

Sometimes it’s good to venture out to the boundaries, find out what’s going on on the wild side of music. The annual Outsound Festival of experimental and improvisational music is as good a time as any to do this exploration. 

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July 11, 2013

A day after their appearance at the America’s Cup stage, the San Francisco Symphony brings some of the same repertoire to a completely free concert in Dolores Park. 

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Upcoming Concert
July 11, 2013

Amid all the fabulous concerts that are part of the [email protected] 2013 festival, “Through Bach”, don’t overlook this one, in which Soovin Kim will cut a swath through four centuries of violin repertoire in one astonishing program.

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Upcoming Concert
July 11, 2013

The Turn of the Screw is one of Benjamin Britten’s tautest, most gripping operas. And, unlike much of the repertoire that the local, small-budget companies take on, this chamber opera is conceived on a scale that emphasizes the virtues of West Edge Opera.

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Playlist
July 11, 2013

In honor of the huge Bach-fest going on in the Bay Area and its neighbor, Carmel, we’ve put together a mixtape of highlights of pieces you’ll be able to hear in live performance over the next month. Consider this mix an intro to Bach’s immense musical imagination.

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Upcoming Concert
July 9, 2013

At the American Bach Soloists’ Festival and Academy, another generation of phenomenal players and singers is learning the fine points of early-music interpretation from some of the best in the business.

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Playlist
July 3, 2013

America’s midsummer holiday is upon us, and the parades are gearing up. For the thousands who will be retiring to the backyard barbecue after the parade, there’s this playlist, with some of the perennial favorites and a couple of surprises.

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July 2, 2013
You may be firing up the grill and heading out for the fireworks on for the Fourth of July, but do you know what’s up in the Bay Area the rest of the weekend? Here’s a quick guide to the musical e
July 1, 2013
Gustav Mahler is famous for his nine (and a half) symphonies. Find out more about this birthday boy, who spent a lot of time conducting.
June 27, 2013
June 29, Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse: ...
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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