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
May 27, 2008

Every year, as May turns to June, arts communities recognize the rites of summer with festival concert series. In common with people around the globe, the good burghers of the Bay Area don sunhats and pack picnic baskets as if we were the inhabitants of Richard Wagner’s Nuremburg, descending into the meadow beyond the town walls to celebrate art with the mastersingers.

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Feature Article
May 20, 2008

Lynn Harrell is one vital man. In the middle of an extended phone conversation about his forthcoming S.F. Jazz gig — he plays J.S. Bach’s complete Suites for Solo Cello this Thursday and Friday night in Grace Cathedral — the voice of a child punctuates the proceedings. Hannah, I learn, is going to be four.
“Honey, you have to go over and play with Mommy, because I can’t talk to Jason,” says the patient, ever-buoyant 64-year-old cellist.

“But I’m being quiet,” Hannah softly protests.

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Feature Article
May 13, 2008

It’s fitting that Ruth Ann Swenson should celebrate the 25th anniversary of her operatic debut with a return to San Francisco Opera. The soprano’s illustrious career, which has taken her to opera houses around the world, got its start here with the company she calls “home.”

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Feature Article
May 6, 2008

Leif Ove Andsnes is a pianist with an enormous repertory, ranging from classics to many contemporary composers, so you might presume that performing the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major Op. 83, is just "part of the job." You would be wrong.

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Feature Article
April 29, 2008

Like all great children’s books, The Little Prince has always had something to say to adults. Those who first experienced Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella as young readers find themselves returning to it again and again, drawn by the universal themes contained in this magical story of a boy who is lost, found, and transformed by love.

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Feature Article
April 22, 2008

Like all great children’s books, The Little Prince has always had something to say to adults. Those who first experienced Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella as young readers find themselves returning to it again and again, drawn by the universal themes contained in this magical story of a boy who is lost, found, and transformed by love.

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Feature Article
April 15, 2008

It’s not that unusual, not anymore, for a ballet company to commission a dance from a modern choreographer. But in the case of Margaret Jenkins, the renowned dancemaker whose eponymous modern company has dwelt cheek-by-jowl with the San Francisco Ballet for the last 38 years, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson’s invitation to work with his troupe is something of a landmark moment.

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Feature Article
April 8, 2008

Kate Royal is on the move. The soprano, who comes to Cal Performances April 13 as part of her first U.S. recital tour, is getting a serious taste of life on the road. Our first attempt at a phone interview hits a glitch — due to a scheduling change. It turns out that she’s on a plane, instead of in New York, at the appointed time. The next morning, I catch up with her in Vermont; later that evening, she explains, she’s singing at Middlebury College.

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Kids & Families Feature
April 1, 2008

When András Schiff comes to San Francisco Performances to present another pair of concerts in his traversal of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas, he'll be in good company. Sooner or later, pianists are drawn to the mountain and they have to climb it, some more than once.

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Feature Article
March 25, 2008

Like freelancers in other fields — journalism comes to mind — Laura Jackson, one of the six finalists in the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra’s search for a music director to succeed Kent Nagano, flies in, forges bonds, does her job, and moves on. What she’d like to do is find a place where she can stay.

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