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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September 29, 2015

SFCV talks to Philharmonia Baroque’s music director about the history of the group and the early music scene.

More "Nicholas McGegan: 30 Years and Counting with Philharmonia Baroque" »
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September 22, 2015

An impressive Herbst Theatre is set to reopen, with new features that improve the music hall's sound, and a look at the most dangerous chandelier in musical theater.

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September 15, 2015

The California Symphony has reanimated itself and is looking forward to its opening next Sunday.

More "California Symphony Back in Black Under New Director" »
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September 11, 2015

Stephanie Blythe on her upcoming role in Sweeney Todd and what she really thinks about Supertitles.

More "Blythe: Starring in Monstrous Mezzo Roles" »
Feature Article
September 10, 2015

The company’s ambitious six-performance, nine-ballet tour, Oct. 21-31, starts in Beijing and ends in Shanghai.

More "S.F. Ballet Heads to China as Yuan Yuan Tan Celebrates 20th Anniversary" »
Feature Article
September 9, 2015

The ancient art is attracting a new generation of classical musicians.

More "The Art of Healing with Sound" »
Feature Article
September 9, 2015

From the “rat” Lohengrin to the violence-saturated Ring, Bayreuth 2015 featured disturbing but provoking images along with a lot of musical highlights.

More "Letter from Bayreuth: Much to Think About in Vivid 2015 Productions" »
Feature Article
September 9, 2015

S.F. Symphony experiences effects of refugee crisis while touring in Europe, and Frederica Von Stade looks back at her time at the Met.

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September 8, 2015

We have received many kind words and tributes to Robert Commanday through emails, site comments, and social media.

More "Paying Tribute to Robert P. Commanday" »
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September 4, 2015

Robert Paul Commanday, who died last night in his Berkeley home at age 93, was a prominent presence and inspiring gadfly to generations of musicians, audiences, and journalists.

More "Saying Farewell to Robert P. Commanday" »