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.


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August 11, 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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August 10, 2009

Santa Fe Opera has always exerted a powerful pull on opera lovers from the Bay Area and beyond, and this year was no exception. With five productions offered throughout July and August in the company’s 2,200-seat, open-air theater, the 2009 season — Charles MacKay’s first as general director — offered myriad musical rewards in a congenial setting.

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August 4, 2009

A Few Notes From the Field at [email protected]“It’s a wonderful, intimate setting. The musicians and programs are fabulous.”

Terri Lahey 

“It’s nice that they have so many soloists, so many stars.”

Steve Smith

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July 28, 2009

Last year on the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra blog, Eddie Silva sagely observed, “Anything that’s been pronounced dead as often as classical music needs to move on to another subject. Classical music is not like a dying race track, or an old sports arena, or a typewriter. It is real estate open to reinvention.”

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July 27, 2009

Ten years ago, when Michael Steinberg retired as the San Francisco Symphony's program annotator and music advisor, he had a farewell essay in the program, entitled "Why We Are Here." It is also part of the book For the Love of Music Steinberg cowrote with Larry Rothe, his long-time colleague at SFS.

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July 14, 2009

It might be possible to look at the newest arrivals at a company like San Francisco Opera as beginners of a sort, perched on the bottom rung on a most accomplished ladder. Yet the 29 young artists (24 singers and five coaches) who arrived on June 1 for 11 weeks of training have already studied and trained for years to earn the right to participate in the Merola Opera Program, one of the nation’s most prestigious programs for young artists.

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July 6, 2009

“It’s easy to like chamber music because it’s a conversation between a small number of musicians — and everyone knows what talking with a small group of friends is like,” said violinist Simin Ganatra of the Pacifica Quartet, which makes its first appearance at [email protected], the three-week chamber music festival that starts its seventh season on July 17.

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June 22, 2009

School’s out, and kids are looking for fun. Some are hoping to build their musical skills, as well. Fortunately, families in the Bay Area have many wonderful summer music camps to choose from, with a wide range of activities. Finding the camp that is most suited to your child’s age and musical level, your expectations, and of course your budget is the key to having a successful camp experience. The Crowden School

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June 8, 2009

For some, summer vacation means sun, sand, and relaxation. For music lovers in the Bay Area, summer vacation means opera under the stars, symphonies by the beach, immersion in the works of a favorite composer, or listening to and trying out the latest new music and musical instruments. From the Mendocino Coast to Hearst Castle and the Ojai Valley, here’s a sampling of the music to be found locally and a little farther afield. San Francisco Opera, June 2 – July 5

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June 8, 2009

Thousands gathered at AT&T Park last night to enjoy Puccini’s Tosca, overpriced beer, and a gorgeous twilight as San Francisco Opera continued its tradition of Opera In the Park. Birds flew past the screen as an almost full moon emerged, disappeared, and reemerged from behind billowing clouds.

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