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April 30, 2013
Any time you see "paradigm," chances are there is some smoke being blown somewhere, probably in your direction. It's meant semi-jocularly here, although from where I sit, the situation to be re-paradi...
April 30, 2013
USC trustee Ken Klein and his wife, Natalie, co-chair of the advisory board for Classical KDFC Radio in San Francisco, have given $1 million to support the station. Their gift will provide initial fun...
April 30, 2013
Joining the centennial celebration of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra will perform it, conducted by Christopher Rountree, at on May 4 at 8 p.m. in the Co...
April 30, 2013
Music at Kohl Mansion closes its 30th anniversary season at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, with the Kohl debut of pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. They will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.449 in E-flat Ma...
April 30, 2013
The world of music mourns the passing of János Starker on Sunday, at age 88, in his Bloomington, Indiana, home. (He usually kept the diacritic I dropped from my name.) While celebrated in concert hal...
April 30, 2013
Curious and curiouser — Ludwig van Beethoven is all around us, in 2013. What's the significance of the year? That's just it: nothing. Not a centennial, bicentennial, or even a round-number anniversa...
April 25, 2013
Sergei Prokofiev wrote some of the most lyrical and melodic classical music of the 20th century. He also wrote some wild and crazy music, a side of his artistic personality that he had to suppress wh...
April 25, 2013
Laura Arthur is a 21-year-old lyric soprano, a budding ingénue who imagines one day becoming a full lyric soprano, perhaps in the steps of the great Italians, Mirella Freni and Renata Scotto. Arthur ...

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