Robert P. Commanday

Robert P. Commanday, founding editor of San Francisco Classical Voice, was the music critic of The San Francisco Chronicle from 1965 to 1993, and before that a conductor and lecturer at UC Berkeley.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Music REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Chambered Pleasures With the Berkeley Symphony
April 13, 2014

The stars were aligned in Piedmont for the fifth and concluding program of the Berkeley Symphony’s season chamber series.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Conrad Susa: A Composer Transforms Even Time
April 5, 2014

A composer’s passing is considered with thoughts of the voice and spirit living on, an idea that was pervasive at the memorial concert for the late Conrad Susa, presented by the S.F. Conservatory of Music.

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 Lamplighters Music Theatre  Singing Praises: Fresh, Lively, <em>Die Fledermaus</em>
January 26, 2014

The Lamplighters Die Fledermaus is fresh and lively, crisply paced by the Conductor George Cleve and Director Barbara Heroux, showcasing the singing, and this cast was on top of its game.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
   Transcendent Organ Transplants to Hertz Hall
December 15, 2013

A repurposed organ debuts at UC Berkeley, with Davitt Moroney at the console, backed by the University Symphony Orchestra.

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  Metropolitan Opera A Score to Shadow a Fantasy
November 20, 2013

Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Metropolitan Opera combines a rich score, matchless orchestra, cast, and direction for a fantastic operatic odyssey.

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 Cal Performances  Magical, Magnetic <em>Angel Heart</em>
October 6, 2013

A stellar group of collaborators brought an outstanding new musical to Cal Performances.

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 Lamplighters Music Theatre  All Eyes on Lamplighters' <em>Iolanthe</em>
August 2, 2013

San Francisco’s prize-winning Lamplighters put on an impressive and charming Iolanthe, with classic G&S look and style.

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December 6, 2012

Reah Sadowsky, a pianist once hailed as a San Francisco Wunderkind alongside Isaac Stern, Ruggiero Ricci, and Yehudi Menuhin, who then carved out a uniquely distributed career, died in her Berkeley home at the age of 96.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Green Grows the Superb Weill Hall in Sonoma
September 30, 2012

The brilliant new Weill Hall starred in the Green Music Center’s gala opening, eclipsing even the playing of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Lang Lang and the work of three conductors.

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 Lamplighters Music Theatre  Lamplighters’ Tuneful, Masterful <Em>Mikado</Em>
July 27, 2012

“Here’s a how-de-do!” — the Lamplighters lend their storied charm to another bright production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s witty, belovedMikado.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 UC Davis Music Department  Ups and Downs in Davis
May 6, 2012

The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, comprising mostly students, plays gallantly in a mixed-bill at Mondavi Center.

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Feature Article
October 25, 2011

SFCV’s founder and long-time writer on the S.F. Symphony reviews its new official history and reports for the first time on some of what he witnessed that didn’t quite make it into the book.

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  Seattle Opera Seattle’s Intense <em>Porgy and Bess</em>
August 19, 2011

A true-to-the-original production of Gershwin’s masterwork is blessed by four outstanding women singer/actors, but marred by lax baton work.

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 San Francisco Opera  S.F. Opera’s <em>Götterdämmerung</em> a Complete Work of Art
June 5, 2011

As shown in Götterdämmerung, Francesca Zambello believes that the entire Ring drama can shine the light on the women.

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 Chora Nova  Spiriting Vivaldi
May 28, 2011

An unknown sacred work by Antonio Vivaldi receives its Bay Area debut, voiced by Chora Nova.

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 San Francisco Opera  <em>Siegfried</em>’s Split Personality
May 29, 2011

Despite some regrettable directorial and production choices, S.F. Opera’s Siegfried still delivers strong characters that are very well sung, backed by first-class playing from the orchestra pit.

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 California Bach Society  Cal Bach Does Justice to Brahms’ Choral Legacy
May 1, 2011

Brahms’ rich choral works rise again, in a fine program by Paul Flight’s California Bach Society; a little Fauré follows, across the street, sung by the UC Alumni Chorus.

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Upcoming Concert
    Through April 10

    The noted Bay Area composer Andrew Imbrie, who would have turned 90 this year, will be celebrated with a series of concerts, a symposium, and a display of his collected scores and manuscripts.

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    Choral REVIEW
     San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Alive, Awake, and Singing
    January 8, 2011

    Escaping from “lake-effect” snow and winter, the venerable Cornell Glee Club brought a warm mixture of Romantic-inflected music to its Bay Area concerts.

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    December 7, 2010

    Jane Hohfeld Galante, a leading chamber musician and prominent San Franciscan, died at her home in San Francisco Wednesday morning. 

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