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.

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.

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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" »
Video Essay
May 1, 2014

Percussionist Omar Ledezma, Jr. shows us the most popular bongo rhythm used in Afro-Cuban music.

More "VIDEO TIP: The Martillo Rhythm" »
Kids & Families Feature
May 1, 2014

A bevy of S.F. Bay Area youth orchestras offer a spring bouquet of concerts, and more, this May. From an ice cream sundae social to a 50th Anniversary, here's your SFCV hit list.

More "Youth Orchestra Concerts to Put Some Spring in Your Step" »
Feature Article
April 29, 2014

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music not only hands out grants to many small music groups in all kinds of different genres, it also offers practical business advice to working musicians.

More "With S.F. Friends Like These? Musicians Thrive" »
Kids & Families Feature
April 24, 2014

The S.F. Symphony’s Adventures in Music program reaches every child in grades 1-5 in the San Francisco Unified School District with music appreciation, inspiring them and building community.

More "How 24,000 Students Leave Their Hearts in San Francisco" »
Feature Article
opera parallele
April 22, 2014

A Weill-Poulenc double-bill from Opera Parallèle offers a musical-theatrical gem; a source of excitement and discovery.

More "Opera Parallèle Double-Bill Sails Magnificently on Dry Land" »
Kids & Families Feature
April 17, 2014

There will be a lot of private family events this weekend, but if you’re looking for something to do with the family to celebrate, or for no special reason, here are some best bets.

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