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.

April 8, 2014

As more women dare to put themselves forward in the realm of music, arts organizations — those which are not so self-destructive as to ignore the talent of half the planet’s musicians — will begin to hand them the baton more often.

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Feature Article
April 7, 2014

We may not know much about how Bach or Mozart expected to hear their music, but we have a great deal of information about later 19th-century composers, thanks to early recordings.

More "How Do You Set a Record? The Revelation in Recordings" »
Kids & Families Feature
Randy Porter
April 3, 2014

Randy Porter is a larger-than-life figure to many of his middle school students. But being that big often has a different look in the inner-city.

More "You-Go Mr. Porter: <em>Slap!</em>" »
Feature Article
Juhi Bansal's work "Where Shadow Chases Light," received a gorgeous world premie
April 3, 2014

In the latest WriteOn! Workshop, students were introduced to Indian classical music and a world premiere by an Indian-American composer. Read their reviews here.

More "Musical Passage to India for Students at Oakland East Bay Symphony" »
Feature Article
Elena in memoriam
April 2, 2014

The Bay Area's musical community is mourning the passing of San Francisco Opera's beloved veteran Italian language coach Elena Servi Burgess, known as Elena to all.

More "Addio, Elena Servi " »
Video Essay
April 2, 2014

SFCM Professor William Wellborn suggests the proper approach to playing octaves with SFCM Preparatory Division student Hanson Tam, in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

More "VIDEO TIP: Playing Octaves" »
News Report
Randy Porter
April 1, 2014

With great pleasure, San Francisco Classical Voice announces the winner of its second Music Educator Award: Randy Porter, music director of Westlake Middle School in Oakland.

More "Winner of the 2nd Annual <em>SFCV</em> Music Educator Award" »
News Report
Stull and Obama
March 29, 2014

There is important news from the San Francisco Conservatory and the promise of more to come. At a recent gala President David H. Stull spoke both of impressive specifics and big ambitions.

More "Nothing Conservative About the S.F. Conservatory's Big Plans" »
Feature Article
March 28, 2014

The artistic director of San Francisco Ballet is as vital and creative, at 71, as ever. He distills lessons from his career as he talks about his new ballet.

More "Helgi Tomasson: Master of Dance" »
March 27, 2014

Paris has seen a lot of Aprils come and go: Here are songs that have accompanied some of those hopeful springs.

More "April in Paris Playlist" »