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.

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 " »
Kids & Families Feature
June 26, 2014

The good doctor is back to baffle you with more logic. Are you up to the challenge?

More "Dr. Gary Gruber's Brain Teasers, Vol. 4" »
Feature Article
June 25, 2014

New affordable products to play high-resolution recordings are making download files and Blu-ray audio not only unavoidable, but irresistible. Bye, bye CDs.

More "Next Wave Audio: The Affordable Revolution in High-Resolution Recording" »
World Cup
June 20, 2014

The World Cup has taken over, but until you've scored with a playlist like this you haven't experienced the thrill of the culture that surrounds this sport.

More "Top Ten Brazilian Songs for the World Cup " »
Kids & Families Feature
June 19, 2014

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a quartet of famous jazz music festivals. Here they are, in order of appearance.

More "A Hot Summer of Jazz: Four Famous, Local Festivals" »
Kids & Families Feature
June 12, 2014

Pretty much every musician of our age needs to know the basics of the digital music tools that are out there, in order to participate fully in the musical world.

More "Digital Is Not Optional: Creating Music From the Cutting Edge" »