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 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. 

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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?" »
Kids & Families Feature
July 24, 2014

Two weekends of concerts in the open air — it’s what summer is all about.

More "Symphony Silicon Valley Pops Festival Opens This Weekend" »
Feature Article
July 23, 2014

Never mind the difficulties of making a career, the young violin prodigies just keep coming.

More "Born to Play: Young Violinist Dazzles" »
Feature Article
July 21, 2014

In heroic dedication to art, Soprano Alexandra Sessler will first sing Mimi in the West Edge Opera's La bohème, before she begins radioactive iodine therapy for throat cancer.

More "A Mimi Glowing With Music, Not (Yet) Radioactivity" »
Kids & Families Feature
July 17, 2014

Among the large number of events at the two-week Carmel Bach Festival, are several that are family friendly, including a youth chorus and, for the first time, a bonafide children’s concert.

More "Carmel Bach Festival: Adventures With Kids" »
Feature Article
July 15, 2014

In an increasingly expensive higher education world, some students have asked for warnings about course content that might be upsetting. Should they be accommodated? And what are the stakes?

More "In Colleges, Content Warnings Trigger a Debate" »