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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

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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Recital Review
March 9, 2013

A recital by Nathan Gunn, which figured to be a choice evening, fell considerably short of expectations, mired in a murky middle ground.

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Recital Review
February 26, 2013

Baritone Thomas Hampson’s artistry guarantees a memorable evening of art songs, by Schumann, Barber, and Michael Hersch.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 25, 2013

Richard Danielpour’s A Woman’s Life, an ardent and varied setting of seven poems by Maya Angelou, is an expansive an enchanting highlight on the OEBS program.

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Choral Review
December 20, 2012

The American Bach Soloists presented the Messiah to great effect; the music took advantage of the striking atmospheric advantages in San Francisco’s grandest sacred space, and met the challenge of connecting — personally —  to the listener in such a large, reverberant canyon.

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DVD Review
November 20, 2012

In Lost and Sound, an emotional new documentary film, we are invited to share the experience of hearing impaired musicians as they find new paths to music and testify to music’s transformative power.

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Artist Spotlight
November 12, 2012

British actress Imogen Poots’ latest film A Late Quartet set her and her fellow actors the task of learning to play string instruments so as to capture the intimacy of a string quartet. 

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DVD Review
November 12, 2012

The plot may be melodramatic, but the truthfulness about music-making makes Yaron Zilberman’s new film, with its star-studded cast, an excellent example of music in film. 

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 25, 2012

Tis the season for late Brahms, and the San Francisco Symphony under late replacement conductor Asher Fisch delivered a somber, powerful reading of the composer’s last symphony.

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