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.


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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

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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

Feature Article
Nixon in China
January 2, 2012

The Bay Area is replete with great vocalists and opera opportunities this winter and next spring. Here’s how to make the most of them.

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Cleveland Orchestra
January 2, 2012

Lovers of orchestral music are in for something special, even historic, in the spring season. If you can’t spend everything on tickets, let SFCV guide you to the best of the best.

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Weill Hall on New Year's Day
January 2, 2012

Product of a difficult birth — of great effort, difficult fundraising, delays, and mounting costs — Sonoma State University's Donald & Maureen Green Music Center is finally reality; a splendid one.

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Maria Callas
January 2, 2012

The artistry of the 20th century’s greatest diva is again in the spotlight, in the wake of a new tribute album and more re-releases of her recorded legacy. In this persuasive summary of Callas’ impact, both the legend and the reality are analyzed.

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