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.


Feature Article
March 29, 2011

San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster Sasha Barantschik plays a special instrument — a force of nature in its own right, with a noble history.

More "Embodied Spirit: The Journey of a Famous Violin" »
Kids & Families Feature
March 25, 2011

News from the Kids and Families beat: A weekly roundup of what’s happening with young musicians and their dedicated educators.

More "Kids Around the Bay" »
Kids & Families Feature
March 22, 2011

News from the Kids and Families beat: A weekly roundup of what’s happening with young musicians and their dedicated educators.

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Feature Article
March 22, 2011

A $12 million gift from philanthropists Joan and Sanford Weill, announced today, may ensure completion of Sonoma State University's Green Music Center by next fall.

More "New Life for Sonoma's Green Music Center" »
Feature Article
March 22, 2011

Concluding our list of the top 10 underrated composers, here are the final fab five.

More "The Top Ten Underrated Composers, Part II" »
Feature Article
March 15, 2011

When Lorin Maazel stepped down as music director of the New York Philharmonic, he could have done what most retirees do — travel, play a little golf, take it easy. Instead, he started an opera company ... in his own backyard.

More "Maazel to Youth: Building Castleton" »
Feature Article
March 15, 2011

Goaded by The New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini's predictable list of the top 10 composers of all time, here's a list with more surprises in it. Look for the second part next week.

More "The Top Ten Underrated Composers" »
Feature Article
March 15, 2011

Leon Botstein shared his trademark wit and outrageous opinions with a UC Berkeley symposium on the future of classical music.

More "The Fabulous Invalid: More Musings on the State of Classical Music" »
Kids & Families Feature
March 15, 2011

News from the Kids and Families beat: A weekly roundup of what’s happening with young musicians and their dedicated educators.

More "Kids Around the Bay" »
Feature Article
March 13, 2011

A few of our writers take their pick of concerts coming from now until June; everything from recitals and choral, opera, orchestra, and beyond.

More "Spring Ahead: Our Critic's Picks" »