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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

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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 12, 2012

A pairing of French works delivered delights at S.F. Chamber Orchestra’s season opener.

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Feature Article
October 2, 2012

The eagerly awaited premiere of composer Jake Heggie’s new opera is around the corner. Here’s a backstage look.

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News Report
August 22, 2012

Ideas for arts funding and San Francisco policies to better support the arts provoke stimulating discussion at a Town Hall meeting.

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Festival Review
August 17, 2012

Judd Greenstein’s “thrill-ride” highlights a winning chamber music program in a Napa Valley vineyard.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 6, 2012

The Marin Symphony's presentation of an opus to the Golden Gate Bridge, the sonically immersive composition by Rob Kapilow, is a work that aims to capture it all.

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Season Preview
February 17, 2012

For years, Bach muddied the waters of the “authentic” version of his St. Matthew Passion, but now American Bach Soloists will clarify certain things.

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Feature Article
December 12, 2011

A leading executive director of several symphonies, rich in both style and substance, reflects on his past and the future of the orchestra.

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Youth Ensembles/Student Performances Review
November 6, 2011

Wonderful playing by a youth orchestra, highlighted by an assured performance from a young teen soloist, induces happy thoughts about their future careers.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 15, 2011

In its second of three all-Tchaikovsky concerts, the Mariinsky Orchestra shines a revealing light on the Fifth Symphony, giving it both dramatic urgency and ravishing lyricism.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 14, 2011

Valery Gergiev’s Mariinsky Orchestra, playing two Tchaikovsky symphonies, scrubbed the varnish off the Pathétique and made “Winter Dreams” sound substantial.

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Recital Review
September 26, 2011

Three faculty members of the S.F. Conservatory stage a sumptuous, full-course meal, whipped up by Dvořák, Bach, Schoenberg, and Rachmaninov.

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Feature Article
September 4, 2011

Bucking nationwide trends, the city by the Bay's premier orchestra worked its way to the top of the symphonic world and improved its financial health, while reaching thousands of new listeners.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 16, 2011

With flair and precision, the S.F. Symphony presents a Bartók concerto, with Yuja Wang at the keyboard, and an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet.

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Chamber Music Review
June 14, 2011

The gifted and glamorous Yuja Wang parties hard with select members of the S.F. Symphony.

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