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Jeff Kaliss

Jeff Kaliss has featured and reviewed classical, jazz, rock, and world musics and other entertainment for the San Francisco Chronicle and a host of other regional, national, international, and web-based publications. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is the author of I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone (Backbeat Books) and numerous textbook and encyclopedia entries, album liner notes, and festival program notes.

Articles by this Author

Artist Spotlight
November 4, 2019

His setting of Brian Turner’s “Here, Bullet” is catching on with performance groups around the globe via an innovative commission model.

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Opera Review
October 22, 2019

The rarely performed opera is set in a hostel along the underground railroad.

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Upcoming Concert
October 6, 2019

SFS principal percussionist Jacob Nissly will be front and center for the premiere of a new concerto.

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Artist Spotlight
September 30, 2019

The acclaimed singer-songwriter performs at the massive San Francisco festival on Oct. 5.

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CD Review
September 30, 2019

The soprano’s latest collection features works by Samuel Barber, Jake Heggie, and Gordon Getty.

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Upcoming Concert
September 28, 2019

Now in its 12th year, the day-long, free festival presents a kaleidoscopic range of new-music ensembles and compositions.

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Artist Spotlight
September 9, 2019

I Still Dance is the latest work Adams has written for the orchestra.

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Opera Review
August 19, 2019

Well-sung renditions of Kurt Weill’s songs are highlights of this production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 22, 2019

Lunar-themed works by Gordon Getty, Richard Strauss, Dvořák, and Holst mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

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Artist Spotlight
July 8, 2019

The rising New Zealand conductor talks about taking the podium with the SF Symphony this month.

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Upcoming Concert
July 6, 2019

It’s pure standards and blues when Tana’s quartet heats up the 7 Mile House.

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Artist Spotlight
July 6, 2019

The one-time Bay Area prodigy returns to the festival for a second year as performer/ coach (and new dad).

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Upcoming Concert
June 25, 2019

The First Nations singer/composer plays a Pride weekend gig at Yerba Buena Gardens.

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Chamber Music Review
June 24, 2019

From new classical to jazz to world, the unusual solstice festival boasted a wide cross-section of musical talent.

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Upcoming Concert
June 4, 2019

Brian Baumbusch’s multimedia work is inspired by gamelan orchestras and horror films.

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Jazz Review
May 21, 2019

The singer deployed her vocal gifts in a set drawn from her latest album.

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Upcoming Concert
May 20, 2019

A sense of coming together and the power of the collective underline the quartet’s fifth annual festival.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 14, 2019

A collaboration with Marcus Roberts’s jazz trio opens new musical avenues for the NCCO.

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Non-Western Classical Music Review
May 6, 2019

The latest iteration of the multicultural collaboration explores the idea of the heroic gesture.

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