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Feature Article
December 29, 2009

For the last couple of weeks, a musical debate has been raging on MuggleNet, the self-appointed “ULTIMATE Harry Potter Fansite.” Nicholas Hooper, the composer who scored the last two Potter films, announced to If Magazine on July 23 that he will not work on the final productions of this now multi-billion-dollar franchise.

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Feature Article
December 22, 2009

As we approach the year 2010, downloading music has become as ubiquitous as iPods.

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Feature Article
December 14, 2009

A few weeks ago, we mailed out our annual donor solicitation letter to those of you on our mailing list. Many of you have already responded generously — and for this, we thank you! Your gift will be acknowledged within the coming week(s). If you haven’t already contributed to the cause — we invite you to consider making a tax-deductible online donation today in support of San Francisco Classical Voice

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Feature Article
December 8, 2009

Music plays a huge role for Christians celebrating Christmas, both in the church liturgy and in the more secular practices of the season. The experience for Jews during Hanukkah is slightly different. Because Hanukkah is not a high holy day, its musical magic lies in the songs sung in homes, along with the resulting traditions and communities created. Plus, it helps solve what’s called, in hushed tones, the “December problem,” when the Western world seems ruled by Christmas customs.

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Feature Article
November 30, 2009

Given the large number of fine recordings released in the past year, a first-time visitor to Planet Earth would hardly suspect that the record industry is in the doldrums. Nor will the music lovers on your holiday gift list think anything is amiss, if you present them with one or more of the sonic goodies in the guide that follows.

For well over a year, SFCV has been publishing reviews of CDs and DVDs. Most recordings that we’ve already covered, which run the gamut from core repertoire to the new and upcoming, would make swell holiday gifts.

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Kids & Families Feature
November 24, 2009

New York, New York, a hell of a town: arts capital of the world and epicenter of American postclassical music since at least the days of George Gershwin. Think of the composers who lived and worked there from the 1940s on — Cage, Cowell, Thomson, Copland, Bernstein, Rorem, all the way down to younger generations like Bang on a Can, Nico Muhly, and the New Amsterdam composers. It’s almost easier to compile a list of major composers who aren’t from the Big Apple.

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Feature Article
November 24, 2009

For nearly 300 years, Bach’s Passions — oratorios retelling the story of Christ on the cross — have set the standard for musical depictions of suffering and redemption. Yet when David Lang set out to create a new work along similar lines, his first impulse was to leave Christian iconography behind. He began searching for a secular text that would capture the heartbreak and hopefulness of the passion stories without their religious overtones.

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Feature Article
November 10, 2009
It’s holiday crush time. We’ve just passed Halloween, we have about two weeks to think about Thanksgiving (we’ll just get through that one — a turkey and football are all you need, right?), and then we’ll brace ourselves for the month-long winter holiday season ... that orgy of partying and spending and family visiting that ends with a hangover and a New Year’s Day splurge. Oh yes, and serious religious observance for many of us, though you might miss that part in the heavily commercialized “Christmas rush.” More "'Tis the Season to Go Wild With Holiday Music" »
Feature Article
November 3, 2009

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Feature Article
November 3, 2009

The high school selection process has begun for next fall with a flurry of open houses, fairs, school visits, and application forms. When the dust settles, some 5,260 eighth-graders in San Francisco will choose a public school in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for their high school experience. Kids who are talented and serious about getting the best musical education they can, do have a few excellent options. But most other high schools are struggling to find scarce resources for arts education and to meet the changing interests and needs of their students.

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