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.


Kids & Families Feature
Mozart Effect
January 18, 2012

Listening to Mozart won’t make you smarter. Music training, though, appears to enhance language skills, according to recently reported studies.

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News Report
Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally
January 17, 2012

Composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Terrence McNally team up to create Great Scott, an opera referencing bel canto works of yore, which The Dallas Opera will premiere three seasons hence.

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News Report
David Gockley
January 17, 2012

The San Francisco Opera is in a better position financially than previously reported, and the lineup for the upcoming season is impressive.

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Karl Jenkins: The Peacemakers
January 17, 2012
Orchestra, Free MP3

Feature Article
DiDonato: Diva/Divo
January 11, 2012

2011 wasn’t a great year for Congress or the San Francisco Giants, but a tremendous year for opera, as these recordings testify. There wasn’t room to include all the contenders.

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Nicholas Phan: Winter Words
January 9, 2012
Orchestra, Free MP3

Feature Article
Swan Lake Ballet San Jose
January 6, 2012

After half a year of mystery and doubt, the company's executive director begins to clarify the direction the company will take, its new partnership with American Ballet Theatre, and the season it will present.

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Gerard Schwarz & Seattle Symphony Orchestra: Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden
January 3, 2012
Orchestra, Free MP3