Music Features

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
December 5, 2013

Step one with any instrument. Here's how to get off on the right foot ... er, hand, with the guitar.

More "VIDEO TIP: Holding the Classical Guitar" »
Playlist
December 5, 2013

London is featured in some of the greatest music ever created. Here’s a tribute to a city whose musical history is nonpareil.

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Kids & Families Feature
December 5, 2013

Looking for a great gift? Check out these 17 books about music and musicians that are sure to inspire.

More "All I Want for Christmas Is a Music Book" »
Season Preview
December 3, 2013

In this season when classical music is part of popular tradition, there’s a Messiah round every corner, and you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Nutcracker dancer. So here’s your guide to the holiday concert season, nutcrackers, carols, and all.

More "Light Up the Season: Holiday Music Picks" »
Feature Article
November 26, 2013

In Chicago, opera lovers are suddenly reveling in two new opera companies whose repertory expands and complements Chicago Lyric Opera.

More "Letter From Chicago: Second City's Opera Boom" »
Playlist
November 21, 2013

If getting to know Benjamin Britten's music is on your to-do list, you can begin with this playlist of pieces from his most celebrated works as well as some lesser-known music.

More "Britten for Beginners Playlist" »
Kids & Families Feature
November 21, 2013

Boy choirs are having to adapt to the earlier onset of puberty, which often changes the voice before the musician can catch up.

More "Precocious Puberty: The Loss of the Boy Soprano?" »
Kids & Families Feature
November 14, 2013

Youth Orchestra Conductor Donato Cabrera talks about the upcoming concert featuring Copland, Bloch, and Nielsen; how to build a rapport with the young musicians, telling a story through music.

More "Donato Cabrera: Rolling in the Deep " »
Feature Article
November 11, 2013

A Secret Rose, Rhys Chatham’s 100-guitar, “No Wave” extravaganza, is stretching new-music presenter Other Minds, socially and artistically, as well as financially.

More "Other Minds Lifts the Veil on Rhys Chatham's Grand Secret" »
Feature Article
November 10, 2013

José Manuel Carreño, the new artistic director of Ballet San Jose, has a vision for the company that is globe-hopping and local, contemporary and neo-classical; a refreshed troupe that will hold its own near and far.

More "José Manuel Carreño Lands at Ballet San Jose" »