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.

Season Preview
December 30, 2013

Picking a handful from the Bay Area's hundreds of musical attractions is, by necessity and definition, an eclectic affair. Here's a selection of a wide a variety as possible.

More "The Sound of (Good) Music: 2014" »
Feature Article
December 20, 2013

Now an octogenarian, the philanthropist and composer is looking forward to a number of birthday celebrations, beginning with the San Francisco Symphony on January 6.

More "Gordon Getty at 80: the Poetic Justice" »
Kids & Families Feature
December 19, 2013

Read our teenage reviewers’ experiences of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s holiday concert.

More "Teen Reviewers Break Bread With OEBS" »
Kids & Families Feature
December 19, 2013

The holidays are about personal and professional traditions, as well as seasonal ones. And so we asked around to find out how some in the SFCV community celebrate this time of year. Here are a few of the responses.

More "Traditions to Savor Each Season" »
December 18, 2013

Here’s a season-appropriate playlist for all those who have overdosed on carols relentlessly piped through shopping malls and other offices and public spaces. We’ve brought some seasonal favorites together for you to include it in your holiday mix.

More "Winter Holidays Playlist" »
December 12, 2013

Recently, the big classical music institutions have acknowledged the problem of their dwindling audiences. Have they learned enough to survive?

More "This Generation: Memo to Music Institutions - Adapt or Die" »
Kids & Families Feature
December 12, 2013

We expose a local secret: Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro, a fine dance company sporting a dance school in San Lorenzo, as well as many South Bay performances.

More "Ballet Folklorico Celebrates a Mexican Navidad" »
December 12, 2013

Here, SFCV celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela through the many songs that were written for him and about him. There are dozens from which to choose, and many of them became rallying signals in the fight against the apartheid regime of South Africa.

More "Playlist to Celebrate and Honor Nelson Mandela " »
Feature Article
December 10, 2013

With a CD and an upcoming benefit concert, local musicians are focusing on the local scourge of homelessness.

More "Marin Musicians Take a Musical Swing at Homelessness" »
Video Essay
December 5, 2013

Step one with any instrument. Here's how to get off on the right foot ... er, hand, with the guitar.

More "VIDEO TIP: Holding the Classical Guitar" »