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.

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" »
Mason Bates
July 15, 2014

Don’t fall for the fashionable attitude that orchestras are dinosaurs that don’t really produce new music. And while you’re at it, consider self-publishing.

More "Memo to Composers: Orchestras Are as Relevant as Ever" »
Feature Article
de la Parra
July 13, 2014

She made a splash, early on in her career, founding the successful Philharmonia Orchestra of the Americas. But Alondra de la Parra came prepared for the struggle that is the career of a conductor. And she is definitely not complaining.

More "Alondra de la Parra: The View From the Podium" »
Kids & Families Feature
July 10, 2014

The Festival del Sole'e eccentric calendar includes two very noteworthy performances by the Sphinx Orchestra, known for its quality but also because it is the only orchestra in America comprised entirely of Black and Latino musicians.

More "Festival del Sole: Unity and the Sphinx " »
Feature Article
Piedmont-East Bay Children’s Choir to the Laulupidu Song Festival
July 3, 2014

Back in the former USSR, Estonia has taken the choral festival to a whole other level. And the kids from the Piedmont-East Bay Children’s Choir are participating in the scene and having the time of their lives.

More "An East Bay-Estonia Choir Connection" »
Feature Article
July 1, 2014

Bandoneonist Seth Asarnow and his ensemble bring the smoky sound of classic tango to life in San Francisco’s Mission District.

More "Embracing Tango's Golden Era " »