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
December 18, 2012

In 2012 SFCV reviewed 55 of the top classical CD releases of the year. Here is a lineup of highly recommended recordings that you can use as stocking stuffers, or as an end-of-year splurge for yourself.

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Editorial
December 17, 2012

In his thorough remaking of a holiday classic, choreographer Mark Morris has created a new tradition showing us how great, new art can emerge from older classics, forging an enduring bond with a new audience.

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The United States Air Force Band: <em>Cool Yule</em>

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Cool Yule from the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note offers Big Band spins on many holiday classics. Mashing familiar tunes together, the Airmen create arrangements such as "Santanooga Choo Choo," "A Little Drummer Boy Boogie," and the piece "Jing, Jing, Jing," an arrangement of the popular swing tune "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Jingle Bells."

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Feature Article
December 13, 2012

Ravi Shankar, loved and admired in the West and around the world as a vessel of Indian music and spirituality, passed away on Dec. 11 near his home in San Diego County at the age of 92.

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Kids & Families Feature
December 13, 2012
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Feature Article
December 11, 2012

One month from the opening of the new concert hall on the Stanford University campus, where Stanford Live will present most of its events, SFCV takes the tour and gets the details from the architects and acousticians.

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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: <em>Home For The Holidays</em>

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Home for the Holidays is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the inaugural season of Conductor John Morris Russell. It features a diverse collection of Yuletide classics including “Deck the Halls,” “O Holy Night” with tenor Rodrick Dixon, and New York Voices’ jazzy version of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” alongside Gounod’s “Ave Maria.” Also included is “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” which combines Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations with text from an 1897 editorial in The New York Sun, narrated by Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Fanfare CincinnatiFanfare Cincinnati is offering the track "olly Old St. Nicholas / Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town" from Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Home For The Holidays for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.

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Kids & Families Feature
December 6, 2012
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Feature Article
December 6, 2012

After more than six decades of generously sharing his unique performing and compositional talent, and a bright and ingenuous spirit, Dave Brubeck passed away on Dec. 5, a day shy of his 92nd birthday.

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Feature Article
December 5, 2012

Reah Sadowsky, a pianist once hailed as a San Francisco Wunderkind alongside Isaac Stern, Ruggiero Ricci, and Yehudi Menuhin, who then carved out a uniquely distributed career, died in her Berkeley home at the age of 96.

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