Music Articles

Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.


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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
May 24, 2016

Merola’s summer Schwabacher concerts, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor gets a fresh hearing in Red Velvet, and an unexpected Facebook diva.

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Kaija Saariaho
May 23, 2016

Kaija Saariaho headlines at Ojai and Ojai North this year, sharing time with Tania Leon, Dina El Wedidi, Airuna Sairam, soprano Julia Bullock, and musicologist Susan McClary.

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Kate Aldrich and Frederica von Stade
May 10, 2016

Jake Heggie's new opera edges closer to San Francisco, a new Scrooge at 42nd Street Moon, and a showcase for ballet students.

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Cypress String Quarter | Credit: Basil Childers
May 3, 2016

Approaching the end of their collaboration, Cypress Quartet returns to their roots in a series of performances in unusual locales.

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April 26, 2016

Facebook streams a Mason Bates premiere, the S.F. Girls Chorus hits N.Y.C., and the Ethnic Dance Festival bring the world to the Palace of Fine Arts.

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Jenny Bilfield
April 21, 2016

The modern music conservatory needs to graduate healthy, aware people – and deal with the potential for abuse of the mentoring system, says arts administrator Jenny Bilfield.

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Brian Asawa, 1966–2016
April 18, 2016

The talented countertenor died April 18, 2016, at the age of 49.

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S.F. Mandolin Orchestra
April 12, 2016

There’s a fascinating and diverse group of mandolinists and mandolin orchestras in the Bay Area. Who knew?

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Bill Graham Exhibit Poster | Credit: Olson Visual
April 11, 2016

The Jewish Museum’s Shoah concert honors Bill Graham and the Oakland Youth Symphony teams up with the Crucible for a multimedia evening of “Fire and Ice.”

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Philharmonia Baroque’s recording of Scarlatti's La Gloria di Primavera
April 5, 2016

In recent recordings, the S.F. Symphony gives us a bevy of Bates, Philharmonia Baroque resuscitates a serenata, and American Bach Soloists air a rarely-performed version of Handel’s Messiah.

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