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
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.

More "Glass Houses: The Quest to Build a Cultural Center in Big Sur" »
Feature Article
March 29, 2016

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

More "Joshua Roman Wants to Know Everything" »
Feature Article
March 28, 2016

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

More "It's News to Me" »
Feature Article
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.

More "S.F. Opera Lab Sets Out to Make a Splash Without Spectacle" »
Feature Article
March 15, 2016

Chamber Music San Francisco's exciting new series, New Opera NYC comes to San Francisco for the first time.

More "It's News to Me" »
Feature Article
March 8, 2016

The winner of the 2013 Pulitzer likes “janky mandolin,” hip hop, random sounds and, oh yeah, Bach and Beethoven. Discover how she finds inspiration in exploring different “worlds of music.”

More "Caroline Shaw’s Expanding Musical Universe" »
Feature Article
March 1, 2016

An opera premiere about a Marine returning from Iraq is grounded in the experiences of a veteran of the recent war.

More "Long Beach Opera Returns to the Battlefield" »
Feature Article
February 25, 2016

Although she’s grown smarter about her work habits, Sarah Chang is still learning and pushing herself with new challenges.

More "In Mid-Career, Sarah Chang Finds Room to Grow" »
Feature Article
February 23, 2016

Mark Morris takes on Layla and Majnun for Cal Performances, and Rossini's Italian Girl heads to Livermore.

More "It's News to Me" »
Feature Article
February 15, 2016

For Lara Downes the personal is musical, and she’s building her career on connecting audiences to artistic process. And she’s thinking carefully about how music connects to human events.

More "Lara Downes Is Showing Us How to Make Music Matter " »