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Steven Winn

Steven Winn is a San Francisco based free-lance writer and critic and frequent City Arts & Lectures interviewer. His work has appeared in Art News, California, Humanities, Manhattan, Symphony Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
April 28, 2014

A double-bill from Festival Opera of The Emperor of Atlantis and Another Sunrise features striking music and world-class acting and singing.

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Opera Review
March 30, 2014

The West Edge Opera's Caterina Cornaro proves to be an unjustly neglected lyric tragedy from the Donizetti’s late period, a rare presentation of the opera that merits a more sustained rediscovery.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 21, 2014

In a joint presentation of a program seas apart, the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer set out to explore the rich musical era between the two world wars.

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Festival Review
March 2, 2014

The 5-year-old Hot Air Music Festival’s burgeoning abundance was evident in all the music on tap; old and young alike experiencing the unrivaled charge of new music heard live.

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Choral Review
February 23, 2014

The American Bach Soloists, conducted with excellence by Jeffrey Thomas program works that demonstrate Bach's mastery of "parody" — making things old new again.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 30, 2014

At the S.F. Symphony program staples are elevated — especially a concussive, ravishing, startling and altogether convincing Rachmaninov Rhapsody when performed by Daniil Trifonov.

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Choral Review
January 26, 2014

Again showing its unity of purpose and overall grace, the American Bach Soloists perform a concert of rejoice and celebration, while praising seven of its longtime members.

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Recital Review
January 23, 2014

In the first of two Cal Performances recitals, pianist Emmanuel Ax, with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, gave a wide-ranging account of Brahms’ lieder, accompanied by two world premiere works.

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Festival Review
January 11, 2014

The Gold Rush, whose score Charlie Chaplin composed and recorded, was one of the drawing cards of the S.F. Film Festival, with music played by the S.F. Chamber Orchestra.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 29, 2013

In the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's warm-hearted year-end program, "The Virtuosi," musical fireworks brought a happy new year a few days early.

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Opera Review
December 12, 2013

The S.F. Conservatory of Music’s New Music Ensemble served up a tantalizing program of nibbles from Kirke Mechem’s 1980 opera Tartuffe, with enough music and artistry to convey a tantalizing sense of the whole.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 21, 2013

It was altogether fitting that the San Francisco Symphony had all those climate conditions to simulate in Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony this week.

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Feature Article
October 29, 2013

Celebrating the orchestra’s 25th anniversary, the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Michael Morgan have one of the few long-term orchestra-conductor relationships that have grown more fruitful with time.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 26, 2013

A spectacular chamber concert by the Musicians from Marlboro, presented by Cal Performances,  made a gleaming case in point of how fortunate the Bay Area is musically.

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Chamber Music Review
October 19, 2013

In the second of three concerts in their season-opening Salon Series weekend, the Cypress String Quartet looked comfortably at home at SFJazz.

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Chamber Music Review
October 6, 2013

The piano duo ZOFO regales its audience with a bright, brainy, bravura all-American program.

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Opera Review
July 20, 2013

Benjamin Britten’s moody Turn of the Screw, based on the Henry James novella, compels and produces shudders at the same time.

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Chamber Music Review
July 19, 2013

Full-on piano artistry from all hands (and there were many) marks [email protected]’s initial outing in its summer series.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 5, 2013

The Marin Symphony, with pianist Joyce Yang, provides an illuminating session of compare-and-contrast of Debussy’s La Mer, along with some delicious Ravel.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 23, 2013

The Australian Chamber Orchestra, superb and often startling performs in what anything but an ordinary night of music-making.

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