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
October 2, 2007

San Francisco Classical Voice has often reported on how the Bay Area’s smaller opera companies are continuing to grow and to prosper. There are now at least 22 such companies, according to a recent SFCV survey. Beyond budget, casting, and audience development, however, what remains their greatest challenge is the choice of repertory.

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Feature Article
September 25, 2007

Most people made up their minds about Philip Glass a long time ago. If you’ve heard his music at all, you’re probably either an enthusiastic fan (he’s one of the few composers with what’s been called, usually derisively, a cult following), a mild admirer of one or another period of his work, or a rabid detractor.

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Feature Article
September 18, 2007

Mark Morris, whose association with Cal Performances spans more than a decade, is bringing something completely different to Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley this week.Mozart Dances, unlike last year's King Arthur, and of course also unlike The Hard Nut, which returns in December for its biennial holiday run, has no story — except Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Feature Article
September 11, 2007

With autumn upon us, the Bay Area's classical music groups are tuning up for hundreds of intriguing events. San Francisco Classical Voice asked several of our critics and editors to comb through the performance announcements available to date and pick their favorite choices for September through December. We've put the season in chronological order for the convenience of music-lovers organizing their datebooks.

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Feature Article
September 4, 2007

Newcomers to the job market often quickly become aware of the Catch-22 phenomenon: You can't embark upon your dream career unless you're experienced, and you can't become experienced unless you can get experience.
Nowhere is this truer or more impossible than among aspiring conductors. You not only have to have the chops to conduct the orchestra, you have to have the orchestra. And if you haven't been a conductor, you most likely don't have the orchestra. Well, you get the idea.

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Feature Article
August 28, 2007

Newcomers to the job market often quickly become aware of the Catch-22 phenomenon: You can't embark upon your dream career unless you're experienced, and you can't become experienced unless you can get experience.
Nowhere is this truer or more impossible than among aspiring conductors. You not only have to have the chops to conduct the orchestra, you have to have the orchestra. And if you haven't been a conductor, you most likely don't have the orchestra. Well, you get the idea.

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Feature Article
August 21, 2007

You have to be a bit of a high-stakes gambler to be an opera composer. You spend a long time, probably several years at least, carefully putting together a project, writing and revising it, and seeing it through to performance (assuming it's been accepted for production). And then, even if the first audiences applaud it — not necessarily a given — its future is uncertain.And the same thing is true for an opera company. Commission a work, and win the prestige of having performed it. But
later see it disappear into the ether, along with money, sets, and costumes.

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Feature Article
August 14, 2007

You have to be a bit of a high-stakes gambler to be an opera composer. You spend a long time, probably several years at least, carefully putting together a project, writing and revising it, and seeing it through to performance (assuming it's been accepted for production). And then, even if the first audiences applaud it — not necessarily a given — its future is uncertain.And the same thing is true for an opera company. Commission a work, and win the prestige of having performed it. But
later see it disappear into the ether, along with money, sets, and costumes.

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Feature Article
August 6, 2007

This article is excerpted from the new book Why Classical Music Still Matters (University of California Press, 2007).

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Feature Article
July 31, 2007

This article is excerpted from the new book Why Classical Music Still Matters (University of California Press, 2007).

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