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.

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.

More "Winter Warblers: Top Opera and Vocal Picks for 2012" »
Feature Article
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.

More "A Symphonic Spring That May Never be Topped" »
Feature Article
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.

More "Green Music Center Joins the Country's Outstanding Venues" »
Feature Article
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.

More "The Enduring Legacy of Maria Callas" »
Season Preview
James Ehnes
January 2, 2012

It would take something much larger than a recession to stop great chamber music ensembles from performing in the Bay Area. Below are a few of the best recitals to come in the next few months.

More "Recitals Enliven the 2012 Spring Season" »
Kids & Families Feature
January 2, 2012

Good times alert: Here are a few, not-too-expensive concerts that everybody in the family might enjoy.

More "Six Spring Concerts for Families, Youth ... Everyone" »
Feature Article
The S.F. Girls Chorus and Susan McMane
December 16, 2011

An uproar over the nonrenewal of an artistic director’s contract brings out sharp divisions in how to define success at one of the most successful youth choruses in the world.

More "Branding the San Francisco Girls Chorus" »