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
March 4, 2014

The String Arcade, an innovative CD project, earns seed money for a new after-school music program.

More "String Theory to Help Kids Learn Music?" »
Video Essay
February 27, 2014

Jodi Levitz, Ives Quartet Violist and Chair of the String Department at SFCM, discusses how to balance your bow without tension, for maximum efficiency.

More "VIDEO TIP: Balancing Your Bow on the Instrument" »
Playlist
February 27, 2014

Here’s a playlist of some famous “alla Turca” classics, alongside Turkish music — a mutual influence that continues to this day.

More "Turkish "Alla Turca" Playlist" »
Kids & Families Feature
February 27, 2014

Let us count the ways to catch the ever-busy, delightful San Francisco Girls Chorus this March.

More "Catching Up With the San Francisco Girls Chorus" »
News Report
February 24, 2014

The S.F. Symphony's next season will highlight the 20th anniversary of Michael Tilson Thomas as music director, and celebrate his 70th birthday at special events.

More "S.F. Symphony Season Marks MTT Anniversary" »
Kids & Families Feature
February 20, 2014

The Orchestra, a Brazilian source of pride, will give two performances featuring youthful sizzle as well as strong musicianship.

More "The Bahia Youth Symphony Orchestra: El Sistema, Brazilian Style" »
Playlist
February 20, 2014

Although the Hollywood movie industry relies more than ever on huge budget action movies, the movies nominated for best score of 2013 have a much less adrenaline-pumping, ear-splitting character. Here are nominees.

More "Academy Awards Playlist" »
Feature Article
February 19, 2014

The famous psychological horror story reimagined as an oratorio by teenagers at the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts.

More "Letter From L.A.: Inspired Kids Compose a Monster Oratorio" »
Feature Article
February 19, 2014

For first-generation electronic musicians like Don Buchla and John Bischoff, creating or remaking electronics as instruments is part of their creativity. This month they’re being celebrated at Other Minds New Music Festival.

More "The DIY Generation at Other Minds" »
Feature Article
February 18, 2014

Composer Wendy Reid swears by her parrot’s musicality and uses her live, improvised riffs in compositions she’ll be presenting at the Other Minds festival.

More "Meet Lulu: Parrot Musician and Muse" »