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.


Feature Article
June 18, 2015

The San Francisco Symphony's principal violist talks about un-selfconscious music making and being “in the zone.”

More "Violist Jonathan Vinocour: Reaching Peak Performance" »
Feature Article
June 16, 2015

Google goes classical, the NBA Finals create a Twitter war between the Bay Area and Cleveland orchestras, and the S.F. Conservatory of Music's voice department gets new leadership.

More "It's News to Me" »
Feature Article
Wolf Hall: The Tudor Music cover
June 12, 2015

The latest soundtrack affiliated with the popular PBS miniseries pulls together pieces of authentic Tudor music.

More "A Wolf Hall to Call Your Own" »
Feature Article
June 8, 2015

The Veterans Memorial Building’s Herbst Theatre is set to reopen in October, and the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera will occupy the building’s fourth floor.

More "Vital S.F. Venue Reconstruction in the Homestretch" »
Feature Article
June 5, 2015

Mauro Ffortissimo can think of dozens of ways to use and play the piano – all of them unusual.

More "Life Played Ffortissimo: An Artist Liberates the Piano" »
Feature Article
June 5, 2015

The San Francisco Opera music director talks about music, art, and how artists are real people, too.

More "Nicola Luisotti on Tutino’s <em>La Ciociara</em> (Two Women) and Art" »
Feature Article
June 2, 2015

The first phase of a collaborative project between the Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and the War Memorial Performing Arts Center to replace the venue's seats begins.

More "It's News to Me" »
Feature Article
May 26, 2015

Where do young conductors come from? Move over Teddy Abrams, the SFS Youth Orchestra seems ready to produce another one – Agata Sorotokin.

More "SFS Youth Orchestra Harbors Conducting Talent" »
News Report
May 23, 2015

If San Francisco’s Rec and Parks Dept. accepts the proposal of World Arts West, the city could have the big, multipurpose stage it needs.

More "Proposal Floated For Major, New Venue at Palace of Fine Arts" »
Feature Article
May 22, 2015

Not only shouldn’t we have personal tech in the concert hall, we should put away the playbills and other crutches and prepare to be spontaneous, says Mondavi Center executive Don Roth.

More "All You Need is Live: On Regaining Audience Sovereignty in the Concert Hall" »