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Mark MacNamara

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is

Articles by this Author

June 1, 2016
The innovative company’s 2016–2017 season features operas by Philip Glass, Jonathan Dove, and Christopher Pratorius.
May 31, 2016
Next up at the brand new series: Bach played on a “guitello.” Read on, to find out what that is.
May 19, 2016
The San Francisco Opera company’s musical director elected to move on after his contract expires two years from now.
Upcoming Concert
May 11, 2016

Neglected as a propaganda piece for decades, Marc Blitzstein’s enormous Airborne Symphony is being revived by the appropriately named ensemble Curious Flights.

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Feature Article
May 3, 2016

Approaching the end of their collaboration, Cypress Quartet returns to their roots in a series of performances in unusual locales.

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April 26, 2016
Opera fits naturally into San Francisco Unified School District’s weeklong arts celebration.
Feature Article
April 21, 2016

The modern music conservatory needs to graduate healthy, aware people – and deal with the potential for abuse of the mentoring system, says arts administrator Jenny Bilfield.

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April 15, 2016
The coming Berkeley Symphony season is focused on new works from major, contemporary composers, including local ones.
April 13, 2016
On the strength of rebounding subscription income, Philharmonia is going all out next season
April 6, 2016
Not every award is worth crowing about, but winning an Avery Fisher Career Grant puts you in pretty rare company as this year’s winners attest.
Feature Article
March 29, 2016

The apparent stalling of the project to build a center for Philip Glass’s Days and Nights Festival has not slowed the composer one bit. But it’s another thing for residents to discuss as they ponder the future of Big Sur.

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March 23, 2016
San Jose’s company is slipping in a new work next season, which has been making the rounds of American opera companies.
March 23, 2016
Silicon Valley Ballet may be closing, but the doors of the ballet school opened on Monday as a newly independent entity with about 350 students.
March 9, 2016
The festival of contemporary orchestral music has some intriguing premieres to offer for its 2016 events.
March 9, 2016
The longtime KDFC hosts talk to SFCV about their careers in broadcasting and the latest recognition they’ve received.
February 22, 2016
Naxos launches a new Music Library World service, whose breadth and organization make it an important site to investigate.
February 10, 2016
Sarah Chang, Mischa Maisky, Nelson Freire: It’s a pretty good list CMSF has put together.
Feature Article
February 1, 2016

The Cypress Quartet musicians are ending their run together, after 20 years. Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel fills in the details.

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January 22, 2016
A series devoted to new repertoire and performer-audience interaction.
Feature Article
December 11, 2015

The milennial-oriented venue at the S.F. Symphony’s SoundBox series has orchestra officials dreaming big as the second season begins. Can the series last?

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