Music News

Read breaking news and items of interest from the world of music in the San Francisco Bay Area and far beyond.

December 18, 2012
Early reviews about the revival of Francesca Zambello's staging of Berlioz's Les Troyens are harbingers of bad news about one of my favorite operas. I just hope the David McVicar Vienna-Milan-San Fran...
December 18, 2012
For a few more days, Laurent Pelly's new Covent Garden production of Meyerbeer's rarely-performed Robert le diable is available for free streaming on ...
December 18, 2012
When this documentary first started going around, about people living on a landfill in Paraguay, who create music instruments from trash and their children play them, I suspected a hoax. ...
December 18, 2012
Not that I knew that before coming across this item, but pandiatonicism is the technique of using the diatonic (as opposed to the chromatic) scale, without the limitations of functional tonality. Perh...
December 18, 2012
Bass-baritone David L. Tigner, 61, died of congestive heart failure last week. Born in Santa Rosa, he had an extensive performance and teaching career in the Bay Area, New York, and London. ...
December 18, 2012
When Dave Brubeck died two weeks ago, my first thought in looking for sources of information locally was journalist and music historian Carolyne Crawford....
December 18, 2012
Last weekend's San Franciso Symphony Messiah performances were wondrous....
December 18, 2012
There he was last week in the lobby of Davies Symphony Hall, at the intermission of a superb Messiah performance (see below), talking proudly of his birthday. "It's my reverse 18th," said Horacio, bea...
December 13, 2012
Recently, I wrote a piece about careers in music titled Portraits For a Young Musician. It’s about innovative ways to make a career in music, outside the performance hall and beyond the classroom. ...
December 13, 2012
It was Charles Burns who inspired Mark Morris’ bizarre adaptation of The Nutcracker. Burns, one of the masters of elipitcally told graphic stories, said once in an interview, “My interst is reall...

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