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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 ArtsJournal.com.  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 macnamband.com.

Articles by this Author

Upcoming Concert
July 28, 2015

A determined cellist balances ambitious repertory and a modern musician's disciplined mix of artistic and business concerns.

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Feature Article
July 20, 2015

As arts promoters and publicity teams deviate more from traditional norms, we’re finding unexpected connections with other industries, like sports. Find out how some ambitious symphony executives are remaking their brands.

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Upcoming Concert
July 8, 2015

The opera is experiencing a resurgence after working with the community to program performances that appeal to typically underserved audiences.

More about Festival Opera »
Feature Article
June 30, 2015

The local orchestra is finding new and interesting ways to touch the community, and is being rewarded.

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Feature Article
June 18, 2015

The San Francisco Symphony's principal violist talks about un-selfconscious music making and being “in the zone.”

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June 8, 2015
The Peninsula Symphony has been recovering well from the embezzlement that is sending Stephen Jay Carlton to prison.
Feature Article
June 5, 2015

Mauro Ffortissimo can think of dozens of ways to use and play the piano – all of them unusual.

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June 1, 2015
A low-key festival with a packed schedule of experienced performers takes flight this week in Albany, CA.
June 1, 2015
The Cultural Equity Fund and small and midsized arts nonprofits will be among the beneficiaries of a windfall from the mayor's office.
May 28, 2015
The symphony sports a fine lineup for 2015-16, but is still battling back from financial troubles.
News Report
May 23, 2015

If San Francisco’s Rec and Parks Dept. accepts the proposal of World Arts West, the city could have the big, multipurpose stage it needs.

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Feature Article
May 22, 2015

Not only shouldn’t we have personal tech in the concert hall, we should put away the playbills and other crutches and prepare to be spontaneous, says Mondavi Center executive Don Roth.

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Feature Article
May 19, 2015

Why adapting personal tech for use in the concert hall is a must.

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Upcoming Concert
May 5, 2015

New programs extend the organization’s reach into the community, while it continues to attract huge stars.

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April 30, 2015
The symphony announces eight concerts, including an “American roots” program and its first performance accompanying The Wizard of Oz.
Feature Article
April 28, 2015

Once considered lost, the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Opera are coming back with a new plan, and performances beginning in June.

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April 23, 2015
Closing the BART station exits at Civic Center nearest the concert venues could cost local performance organizations patrons. Have a say by filling out BART survey.
Feature Article
April 9, 2015

The Sacramento region faces an identity crisis when it comes to the arts. Can it remake itself?

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March 19, 2015

After a long journey, the opera comes to the Bay Area on March 21 and 28.

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December 19, 2014
Highly regarded contemporary music performers from around the country gather to talk, perform, and network at a three-day “grass roots” conference/ festival.

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