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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Thomas Ades
March 3, 2015

The composer, who appears with the San Francisco Symphony this week, connects music and visual art in his concerto In Seven Days.

More "Thomas Adès: Building Worlds of Sound and Vision" »
Feature Article
March 3, 2015

A season-long survey of Robert Schumann's symphonies, with recordings, is the next big project, as the Symphony announced its coming season.

More "Schumann and SoundBox Highlight Next S.F. Symphony Season" »
Feature Article
February 25, 2015

An in-depth discussion with the composer about his distinctive musical style, its evolution, and its ties to his worldview

More "John Luther Adams: From the Margins to the Mainstream" »
Feature Article
February 5, 2015

In his first season as Opera San Jose's artistic director, Larry Hancock is betting on a likeable adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel.

More "Opera San Jose Ventures Where Angels Fear to Tread" »
Feature Article
February 4, 2015

Sister Helen Prejean, composer Jake Heggie, and Opera Parallele artistic director Nicole Paiement reflect on the creation and artistic success of the opera.

More "<em>Dead Man Walking</em> Has Legs and a New Production" »
Feature Article
February 3, 2015

The “formidable” pianist sits down to talk about her music, her advocacy, and her upcoming performances in S.F. with the Rotterdam Philhamonic and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

More "On the Bench: Hélène Grimaud" »
Feature Article
January 7, 2015

The last S.F. Opera season planned by David Gockley is heavy on thrills, with an unusual double bill and a Sondheim classic.

More "San Francisco Opera Announces 2015-16 Season " »
Feature Article
January 6, 2015

We introduce the first group of writers in SFCV’s Emerging Writer Program.

More "<em>SFCV</em> Brings Emerging Writers to the Fore" »
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John Luther Adams
January 6, 2015

Three recent releases confirm the excellent health of U.S. contemporary music.

More "<em>Become Ocean</em> and Vistas of American Music" »
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Emanuel Ax
January 6, 2015

The great pianist talks about his ambitious San Francisco recital, the anxieties of recording, and making friends in the business.

More "Artists On the Bench: This Week With Emanuel Ax" »