Music Features

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.

Kids & Families Feature
April 3, 2014

Randy Porter is a larger-than-life figure to many of his middle school students. But being that big often has a different look in the inner-city.

More "You-Go Mr. Porter: Slap!" »
Feature Article
April 3, 2014

In the latest WriteOn! Workshop, students were introduced to Indian classical music and a world premiere by an Indian-American composer. Read their reviews here.

More "Musical Passage to India for Students at Oakland East Bay Symphony" »
Video Essay
April 2, 2014
SFCM Professor William Wellborn suggests the proper approach to playing octaves with SFCM Preparatory Division student Hanson Tam, in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. More "VIDEO TIP: Playing Octaves" »
News Report
April 1, 2014

With great pleasure, San Francisco Classical Voice announces the winner of its second Music Educator Award: Randy Porter, music director of Westlake Middle School in Oakland.

More "Winner of the 2nd Annual SFCV Music Educator Award" »
News Report
March 29, 2014

There is important news from the San Francisco Conservatory and the promise of more to come. At a recent gala President David H. Stull spoke both of impressive specifics and big ambitions.

More "Nothing Conservative About the S.F. Conservatory's Big Plans" »
Feature Article
March 28, 2014

The artistic director of San Francisco Ballet is as vital and creative, at 71, as ever. He distills lessons from his career as he talks about his new ballet.

More "Helgi Tomasson: Master of Dance" »
March 27, 2014

Paris has seen a lot of Aprils come and go: Here are songs that have accompanied some of those hopeful springs.

More "April in Paris Playlist" »
Video Essay
March 27, 2014
Jodi Levitz, Ives Quartet Violist and Chair of the String Department at SFCM shows you how to isolate and train the proper hand muscles to create a sharp collé bowing. More "VIDEO TIP: Collé Bowing" »
Feature Article
March 25, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic does another deep dive into contemporary American music with its “Minimalist Jukebox” festival.

More "Whatever Happened to Minimalism? Past and Present Merge at the L.A. Philharmonic" »
News Report
March 21, 2014

General Director David Gockley addressed the annual S.F. Opera meeting by saying that the company's centennial in 2022 should celebrate the past and build greatness in its second century.

More "S.F. Opera Looks to the Future, Eyes Wide Open" »