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
June 4, 2014

As they get ready to premiere a new sextet, composer/ pianist Jason Moran and the members of the Imani Winds quintet share their vision of a more inclusive music and how to approach new listeners.

More "Imani Winds and Jason Moran: Minimally Inspired, Major Imprint" »
Feature Article
June 3, 2014

Music competitions are the way many elite musicians have to prove themselves. But what are they proving, and is it worth it?

More "Medaling or Meddling: Are Music Competitions Good?" »
Video Essay
May 28, 2014

Omar Ledezma Jr. gives an overview of the set-up and sound of the Cuban timbales.

More "VIDEO TIP: Introduction to Timbales " »
Kids & Families Feature
May 22, 2014

A new nonprofit is integrating music study into the hearts and minds of the “other America.”

More "ZSharp: Music at the Barricades" »
Kids & Families Feature
May 15, 2014

Sharpen your wits, the doctor has another set of puzzlers for you.

More "Dr. Gary Gruber's Brain Teasers, Vol. 3" »
Kids & Families Feature
Davis High
May 15, 2014

The Davis Senior High School Baroque Ensemble is headlining at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. It is one of only a couple of high school orchestras specializing in historically-informed performance.

More "Davis High School Baroque Ensemble Featured at Berkeley Festival" »
Video Essay
May 14, 2014

Omar Ledezma Jr. demonstrates an overview of the types of rhythms played on the conga.

More "VIDEO TIP: Latin Rhythm Overview" »
Feature Article
Quintessential Five
May 13, 2014

A cappella singing groups of all kinds, from all over the world, descend on Marin this weekend, in a major musical event that has its own army of dedicated enthusiasts.

More "A Cappella Love Fest at the Harmony Sweepstakes Festival" »
Kids & Families Feature
Little Opera
May 8, 2014

Getting opera into the hands of those who really get it — children, is the mission of the Little Opera Company, where kids compose and perform original operas.

More "Big Ideas in Little Opera " »
Kids & Families Feature
May 1, 2014

Avery Roth-Hawthorne is a hornist who has gotten to Juilliard the old-fashioned way — practice, and a tendency to go toward difficulty. Oh, and loads of talent.

More "Horning in on the Hardest Path" »