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 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" »
Feature Article
January 4, 2011

By design, chamber music can be performed anywhere. Bay Area musicians like to perform it everywhere. Here, SFCV’s premier chamber music maven takes on the task of winnowing down this gorgeous superfluity to just five (well, and a few more) hot tickets you can’t afford to miss.

More "Up Close: The Five Best Chamber Concerts for Spring " »
Feature Article
January 4, 2011

The venues may range from hither to yon, but the early-music concerts on offer this season around the Bay Area will field a dazzling array of stars and novel musical experiences.

More "Five Starry Early Music Concerts Light Up the New Year" »
Feature Article
January 4, 2011


More than a few operatic and other vocal diversions may beckon you in the coming spring. Here are just a few of the surprises.

More "Opera and Vocal Recital Top Attractions" »
Feature Article
December 28, 2010

The most prestigious classical music competition in the U.S. isn’t the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, it’s the Naumburg Foundation Competition. As S.F. Performances prepares to host this year’s piano winner, Soyeon Lee, here’s what musicians think of the organization’s enviable track record.

More "The Naumburg Competition: Formula One for Finding Talent" »
Feature Article
December 28, 2010

Every season, a few concerts and recitals with “wow” factor come along: rare events that create a sense of occasion, partly because they rarely happen. You know that if you miss them, you’ll probably end up feeling sorry later. Here are a few top recommendations.

More "Personal Appeal: Top Recitals and Special Events for Winter/Spring" »
Feature Article
December 28, 2010

Almost every music fan knows that the December holiday season is high tide for choral concerts. But what do about the rest of the year? Only SFCV tracks the winter and spring doings of the Bay Area’s plenitude of choral groups.

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Feature Article
December 27, 2010

The coming months promise orchestra aficionados all around the Bay Area a wide array of music. In this list, “classic” scores. Whatever your taste or locale, there’s something intriguing beckoning you in the near future. Here are some of the many highlights ahead.

More "Winter Into Spring: Best Orchestral Concerts of 2011" »
Feature Article
December 27, 2010

Actually, this list, by two of SFCV’s top critics only covers the second half of the year. But just 10 picks for the entire year? That would be impossible.

More "Top 10 Concerts of 2010" »