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
January 3, 2018

In the best-of-2017 sweepstakes, the San Francisco Symphony’s powerful rendition of Ives’s masterwork was a standout.

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Photo Essay
December 19, 2017

SFCV’s photographer captures a cast rehearsal and a school outreach program during Nutcracker season.

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Feature Article
December 17, 2017

Offered without critique, a smorgasbord of recorded music released this year.

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Feature Article
December 12, 2017

J'Nai Bridges, Soloman Howard, Andrea Lett, Kearstin Piper Brown, Kenneth Overton, and Ronny Michael Greenberg perform for inmates and staff at San Quentin State Prison.

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Feature Article
December 11, 2017

Will the leading institution step up to support composers and foster new jazz voices in the Bay Area?

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Feature Article
December 4, 2017

If you’re interested in composing for movies, TV, video games, or anywhere else, it’s no longer enough to fill up a page with notes.

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Feature Article
November 28, 2017

The holiday season brings its bounty of Nutcrackers, carols, and a few surprises as well. Here are a few suggestions to launch you on your merry way.

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Photo Essay
November 28, 2017

A Cal Performances program offers students an opportunity to meet South African dancers and learn about Gumboot and Pantsula traditions first-hand. Our photo essay tells the story.

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Feature Article
November 27, 2017

With a top-notch faculty and wonderful collaboration and performance opportunities, the Conservatory enters the vanguard of jazz education.

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Feature Article
November 27, 2017

They keep their artistic engines running while overseeing thousands of small details from multiple projects around the world. Here’s part two of a look inside their empire.

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