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 8, 2011

Hugh Masekela is one of the most recognized, beloved figures in music. His success gave mainstream media attention to "township jazz," inspired several generations of South African musicians, and was a defining influence in shaping our perception of South African music. In this video interview, he reflects on his life and work, and what motivates him now.

More "Hugh Masekela: King of the Flugelhorn" »
Feature Article
March 8, 2011

Hugh Masekela is one of the most recognized, beloved figures in world music. In this story, which complements the new SFCV video, Masekela tells his story to Jeff Kaliss and talks about what’s important to him now.

More "After Apartheid, His Music Brings Us Together" »
Feature Article
March 8, 2011

More and more scientists believe that music is not an accidental byproduct of our big brains. Here’s a report on the most interesting research reported at Stanford’s Music and the Brain Symposium last weekend.

More "Adapted to Music, or Addicted to It?" »
Kids & Families Feature
March 8, 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 1, 2011

This week's Other Minds Festival brings Louis Andriessen, a tribute to composer Henry Brant, and a wide assortment of alternative, unusual, and uncategorizable music over an intense three days.

More "Future Sounds: The Other Minds Festival Gears Up" »
Feature Article
March 1, 2011

Highlights of the San Francisco Symphony's 2011-2012 centennial season were announced previously, but today's news is of the complete schedule, and it's stunning.

More "Century-Old S.F. Symphony Is Younger Than Springtime " »
Kids & Families Feature
February 28, 2011

Summer can be a special time to focus on what your child enjoys the most — like playing music. As registration deadlines loom, here are details on some popular choices.

More "Bay Area Music Camps Abound" »
Kids & Families Feature
February 27, 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
February 22, 2011

Slide is the latest in a series of opera, oratorio, and experimental theater projects that librettist Rinde Eckert has created with composer Steven Mackey.

More "Slip-Sliding Away" »
Kids & Families Feature
February 22, 2011

A few teens from YPSO are taking it pro, gearing up for their next concert. They told SFCV what it's like to play with the Berkeley Symphony.

More "Musical Training, on the Job" »