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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

December 16, 2014
The former executive of Los Altos' Peninsula Symphony was found guilty of theft and embezzlement from the orchestra.
Upcoming Concert
November 1, 2014

Gilbert and Sullivan get their annual freshening up in the Lamplighters Music Theatre parody show.

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Feature Article
October 22, 2014

The San Francisco Symphony’s irrepressible pianist has learned a lot about music and life during his 44-year stint with the orchestra.

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News Report
October 21, 2014

San Francisco supervisor candidates addressed arts-related questions at the Arts Town Hall on Monday, but without specific plans to offer.

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Feature Article
October 16, 2014

How would you like your piano teacher to write music for your own artistic needs? Here’s one who does.

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Kids & Families Feature
October 3, 2014

Sitting down with Dakota Dry, a young actress and singer, just out of rehearsal for a Berkeley Playhouse production of Mary Poppins, directed and choreographed by Kimberly Dooley.

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Feature Article
September 23, 2014

Faced with a declining budget and faced with dwindling audiences, will the board's decision to fire the music director and bring in fresh blood be the answer for the Vallejo Symphony?

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News Report
September 22, 2014

Drama ensues at the opening of Marriage of Figaro at Lincoln Center when the New York City Fire Dept. discovered a significant portion of the scenery was found to not be fireproof.

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Feature Article
September 16, 2014

Art isn’t easy, and finding an affordable place to live is almost impossible in the Bay Area. So, musicians are starting to move rather than tough it out. What can be done to reverse the trend?

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Kids & Families Feature
August 7, 2014

Improvistation on string insturments for children to explore, and a Family Date Nights on Fridays at the Bay Area Children’s Museum — check both out.

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Feature Article
August 7, 2014

Is the Metropolitan Opera is headed for a lockout? The employees are demoralized and surprised by this prospect, but bewilderment is something they’re familiar with from the Gelb regime.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 24, 2014

Two weekends of concerts in the open air — it’s what summer is all about.

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Feature Article
July 23, 2014

Never mind the difficulties of making a career, the young violin prodigies just keep coming.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 17, 2014

Among the large number of events at the two-week Carmel Bach Festival, are several that are family friendly, including a youth chorus and, for the first time, a bonafide children’s concert.

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Feature Article
July 15, 2014

In an increasingly expensive higher education world, some students have asked for warnings about course content that might be upsetting. Should they be accommodated? And what are the stakes?

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Feature Article
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.

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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.

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Feature Article
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.

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Upcoming Concert
June 26, 2014

The great melodies and daffy humor of Gilbert and Sullivan are on display this week from the students of Summer Music West and Lamplighters Music Theatre.

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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.

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