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
January 25, 2011

Music, history, and vision meet in a Gold Coast Chamber Players concert with bass-baritone Lawrence Beamen that inaugurates Lafayette’s Black History Month.

More "Feeling the Spirit Move: A Call to Celebrate the Dream of Peace" »
Feature Article
January 24, 2011

The famed, El Cerrito–based Arhoolie Records turns 50 years old this year, an anniversary that is being celebrated by an enormous roster of fans and artists at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in early February. Founder Chris Strachwitz recalls the label’s early days; Taj Mahal and Linda Ronstadt celebrate its triumphs.

More "For the Record: Roots – Arhoolie's 50th Bash" »
Feature Article
January 19, 2011

San Francisco Classical Voice announces the appointment of John Robinson as Executive Director.

More "SFCV Appoints John Robinson as Executive Director" »
Kids & Families Feature
January 18, 2011

The Music Together program fosters love of music in very young children (and their parents), and even helps them develop important musical skills.

More "The Toddler Touch" »
Kids & Families Feature
January 18, 2011

On Sunday, January 16, San Francisco Classical Voice's video team captured the BAYOF Hope concert and event as it happened. Here is an inside look at the event, which we think captures its raucous energy as well as the amazing self-possession of the very young participants.

More "Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival 2011" »
Kids & Families Feature
January 18, 2011

Six youth orchestras, 575 players, six charities, one incredible event: the BAYOF Hope festival returns to Davies Symphony Hall.

More "BAYOF Hope: Youth Serving Youth" »
Kids & Families Feature
January 18, 2011

Watch excerpts from the individual performances by youth orchestras participating in the BAYOF Hope concert on January 16th, 2011 at Davies Symphony Hall.

More "Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival 2011 - Individual Orchestra Excerpts" »
Kids & Families Feature
January 14, 2011

It sounds like the same old story: Budget cuts have forced reductions in the Mount Diablo Unified School District’s music program. But it may not happen that way. Meet the determined parents, students, and teachers who are working to write a different ending to the script.

More "The Band Plays On" »
Feature Article
January 11, 2011

SFCV asked composer Matthew Cmiel, who came of age in the “aughts,” to write about what the musical revolution caused by music sharing and “handheld computer devices” means to him. Here is his response, along with an annotated playlist.

More "Talkin’ ’Bout i(Pod) Generation" »
Feature Article
January 4, 2011

Like London, Vienna, and Venice in the Old World in times gone by, the San Francisco Bay Area is a treasure trove of creative music talent, as well as a favored destination for artists from elsewhere. Here’s some of what will be worth going outside classical conventions to get to, during the first half of 2011.

More "New Ears in the New Year: Eight Jazz and New World Music Concerts" »