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
April 16, 2014

Percussionist Omar Ledezma, Jr. provides an introduction to the Cuban Marcha Rhythm, the most common rhythm used in Salsa/Son music.

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News Report
April 11, 2014

The Peninsula Symphony was allegedly robbed by its former executive director, but it was also compromised by a board that trusted too much.

More "<em>UPDATE</em>: The Discreet Charm of Stephen Jay Carlton" »
Kids & Families Feature
April 10, 2014

In this profile of a local school music program SFCV spoke with Michael Pakaluk, who heads the music program at Lynbrook High School.

More "Music in the Schools: Lynbrook High School" »
Kids & Families Feature
April 9, 2014

It’s time once again to pit your problem-solving skills against the good doctor.

More "Dr. Gary Gruber's Brain Teasers, Vol. 2" »
Video Essay
April 9, 2014

With the assistance of his student Hanson Tam, SFCM Professor William Wellborn demonstrates how to generally make the melody more prominent in a thick chord cluster.

More "VIDEO TIP: Voicing the Melody in Interlocking Chords" »
April 9, 2014

Perk up your body and spirit with this playlist welcoming spring.

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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.

More "Where Men Conduct and Women Twirl the Baton " »
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" »