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
September 23, 2014

Faced with a declining budget and faced with dwindling audiences, will the board's decision to fire the music director and bring in fresh blood be the answer for the Vallejo Symphony?

More "Seeking Change? The Vallejo Symphony Firing Squad" »
News Report
September 22, 2014

Drama ensues at the opening of Marriage of Figaro at Lincoln Center when the New York City Fire Dept. discovered a significant portion of the scenery was found to not be fireproof.

More "UPDATE: Is the Metropolitan Opera Fire-Proof?" »
Feature Article
Artists Bay Area
September 16, 2014

Art isn’t easy, and finding an affordable place to live is almost impossible in the Bay Area. So, musicians are starting to move rather than tough it out. What can be done to reverse the trend?

More "Will Artists Be Squeezed Out of the Bay Area?" »
Feature Article
Delfeayo Marsalis
September 9, 2014

On The Last Southern Gentlemen, Delfeayo Marsalis unites with his father, Ellis, on a project that encompasses his musical upbringing and training, and his view of jazz tradition.

More "In the Name of the Father: Another Marsalis Great" »
Feature Article
September 2, 2014

The vocal competition equivalent of the Olympics, also the audition of a lifetime, Operalia in L.A. paraded an all-star roster of young talent in front of scouts from the world’s biggest opera houses. 

More "Singing for Gold: The Operalia Competition" »
Feature Article
José Manuel Carreño teaching at the Ballet San Jose School Summer Intensive. Pho
September 2, 2014

Even as its artistic reputation soars, the financially strapped company’s unpredictable ways continue. Can the new season bring new stability?

More "Why Ballet San Jose Stayed Home" »
Kids & Families Feature
August 7, 2014

Improvistation on string insturments for children to explore, and a Family Date Nights on Fridays at the Bay Area Children’s Museum — check both out.

More "Bay Area Best Bets: Teaching Improv and Family Date Nights" »
Feature Article
August 7, 2014

Is the Metropolitan Opera is headed for a lockout? The employees are demoralized and surprised by this prospect, but bewilderment is something they’re familiar with from the Gelb regime.

More "Clocked In … Or Locked Out at the Metropolitan Opera" »
Feature Article
July 29, 2014

For three late-bloomer singers in the Merola Opera Program, emotional maturity and determination substitute for a long apprenticeship.

More "Age Before … What Does It Take to Be An Opera Singer?" »