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.


Video Essay
January 30, 2014
Nothing like a strong right hand for a guitarist. Here's how to begin. More "VIDEO TIP: Right Hand Position of Classical Guitar" »
Playlist
January 30, 2014

In memory of the late Pete Seeger, here’s a playlist that explores the back-and-forth between classical, written music and the folk-music it is indebted to.

More "Pete Seeger Playlist: Classical and Folk" »
News Report
January 27, 2014

Just as the national Grammys announced its winner at the awards, SFCV is begininning its search for Bay Area teaching greatness — the Music Educator of 2014.

More "Announcing the 2014 Music Educator Award
Call for Entries" »
Playlist
January 23, 2014

Here’s a playlist of standards and unusual pieces from Mozart’s last year, 1791, during which the composer accomplished professionally the likes of which is difficult to believe, especially considering he was suffering a terminal illness.

More "Mozart's Last Year Mixtape" »
Feature Article
January 21, 2014

USC’s Thornton School of Music is betting that two hip, young composers can expand their students’ horizons beyond academia and foster more connections with musicians in the City of Angels.

More "Norman and Hearne Looking to Flip the Script at USC" »
Playlist
January 16, 2014

One of the greatest orators in American history, Martin Luther King Jr. made his own music verbally, as many musicians have long understood. Here are King’s words mixed with some of the music that informed his own “symphony of brotherhood.”

More "Music for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day" »
Editorial
January 14, 2014

For many small arts presenters in the U.S., there’s no way up, and success is defined by survival of the program.

More "Running on Empty: Scarcity for Small " »
News Report
January 13, 2014

The programming for the S.F. Opera's 2014-2015 season, announced today by General Director David Gockley, reflects his assertion that the company is "getting back to full strength, moving aggressively forward."

More "San Francisco Opera: 'Back to Full Strength'" »
Kids & Families Feature
January 9, 2014

Tyler Hayford is about to play a big concert, but he’s asking the usual big questions teenagers have, some that music alone won’t help him answer.

More "From the Deep: A Teenage Phenom Figures It Out" »
Season Preview
December 30, 2013

Picking a handful from the Bay Area's hundreds of musical attractions is, by necessity and definition, an eclectic affair. Here's a selection of a wide a variety as possible.

More "The Sound of (Good) Music: 2014" »