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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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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Philip Glass
March 29, 2016

The apparent stalling of the project to build a center for Philip Glass’s Days and Nights Festival has not slowed the composer one bit. But it’s another thing for residents to discuss as they ponder the future of Big Sur.

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March 29, 2016

The voraciously curious cellist is taking it all in — music, language, running, and the interests of his young nieces.

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March 28, 2016

Celebrations and farewells at S.F. Ballet, a bounty of musicals at SHN, skateboards at ChamberWORKS, and free programs at YBG.

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Ana Sokolović
March 16, 2016

The new Taube Atrium Theater will host a variety of small opera and theater pieces, and its director of programming is looking to fill it with exciting surprises.

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