Music News

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February 12, 2013
The Swedish label BIS Records has just released the second recording of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sibelius symphonies series, a disc that includes the First Symphony, the work that confirmed Sibeliu...
February 12, 2013
Kurt Masur has suffered another bad fall, this time breaking his hip. According to Stefana Atlas, the 85-year-old maestro's operations director, he fell in his hotel room last week in Tel Aviv, where ...
February 12, 2013
Former Oregon Symphony Music Director James DePreist, 77, died last week. No cause of death was announced, but DePriest had many health problems, including a bout with polio at the age of 28 that left...
February 12, 2013
I've been complaining copiously in recent years about poor attendance to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's mostly free student and faculty concerts — it seems such a waste of talent on one s...
February 12, 2013
West Bay Opera is presenting a new production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Michel Singher (Music Director Jose Luis Moscovich is still recovering from back problems)....
February 12, 2013
An intriguing message from Terri Stuart, president of the Wagner Society of Northern California: "2013 is the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth and the 60th anniversary of the National Theater of Al...
February 12, 2013
At the Conservatory Thursday evening: fascinating program, brilliant young artists, and a poor start. It's curious that Donald Weilerstein, a world-class artist and important teacher, wouldn't realize...
February 12, 2013
It was a bittersweet affair in Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday at the last performance of the Poulenc Stabat Mater...
February 12, 2013
I love great musicals, especially those of Stephen Sondheim, and see nothing wrong with mixing opera (dramma per musica) with musical theater, even if San Francisco Opera's choice of Show Boat doesn't...
February 12, 2013
Emmanuel Morlet has been named first artistic director of the Green Music Center, a position filled until now by Robert Cole as a consultant. ...

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