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Guest conductor gets dynamic response

Guest conductor gets dynamic response

By Philip Campbell

Guest conductors are keeping the podium covered at Davies Symphony Hall this month as Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas works with his other family at the New World Symphony in Miami.

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By Tim Pfaff | October 17, 2018

Leonard Bernstein's three symphonies have gotten a much-needed boost from the composer's centennial, if largely by way of recordings.

By Jim Gladstone | October 17, 2018

Rachel Bay Jones' reputation precedes her. Well, sort of.


By Philip Campbell | October 12, 2018

Once famously derided as "that shabby little shocker" and condemned as "little more than a manipulative melodrama," composer Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" ultimately triumphed over the naysayers.

By Tim Pfaff | October 10, 2018

What have we before us in the form of pianist Igor Levit? Who is this guy?


By Gregg Shapiro | October 10, 2018

Ben Folds Five drummer and backing vocalist Darren Jessee has kept himself busy.

By Sari Staver | October 3, 2018

Called "the best cabaret artist of his generation" by The New Yorker, Justin Vivian Bond returns to San Francisco to perform at the GLBT Historical Society's annual gala on Friday evening, Oct. 5.


By Roberto Friedman | October 3, 2018

Here's a tip from those of us who have access to review copies and other advance media: Sometimes there's no better source for ear candy than the San Francisco Public Library, which has a wealth of audio-visual material for lending.

By Philip Campbell | October 3, 2018

Practice, practice, practice is how you get to Carnegie Hall, and the last program in the San Francisco Symphony's recent two-week Stravinsky Festival proved it once more.


By Gregg Shapiro | October 3, 2018

It's no exaggeration to say that each new Neko Case album is cause for celebration.

By Philip Campbell | September 26, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas have covered a lot of ground since the start of the new season.


By Philip Campbell | September 19, 2018

Gaetano Donizetti's lyric drama "Roberto Devereux" lights up the War Memorial stage with a semi-historical pageant that triumphantly combines stellar musical artistry with colorful showmanship.

By Gregg Shapiro | September 19, 2018

"Forever Changes" (Rhino/Elektra) by Love remains one of the most highly regarded albums of the 1960s.


By Tim Pfaff | September 19, 2018

Out music scholar Paul Kildea, author of a brilliant biography of Benjamin Britten, has looked deeply into Chopin's Op. 28 Preludes in "Chopin's Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism" (W.W. Norton).

By Philip Campbell | September 12, 2018

The pairing of Italian operas "Cavalleria Rusticana" ("Rustic Chivalry") and "Pagliacci" ("Clowns") has been famously successful for more than a century.


By Roberto Friedman | September 12, 2018

Yes, San Francisco Bay Area socialites have long called the week after Labor Day "Hell Week," but really it's a type of cultural heaven.

By Philip Campbell | September 12, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony's 107th season opened last week with typical flair and excitement.


By Philip Campbell | September 5, 2018

With little lag time between a hectic summer and new fall season, San Francisco Opera is launching the first productions fully programmed (with one exception) by the administration of General Director Matthew Shilvock.

By Roberto Friedman | September 5, 2018

More arts events are coming to the Bay Area this fall! Let's list some.


By Tim Pfaff | September 5, 2018

For American lovers of singing, late summer can be a dry spell, best deployed to clear the ears from the extreme singing that is opera, since more is coming.

By Roberto Friedman | August 31, 2018

For the next two issues, we'll be bringing you B.A.R. arts writers' brief previews of what to look out for in the Fall 2018 season.


By Jim Gladstone | August 31, 2018

Over the past few years, Betsy Wolfe has played major roles in four Broadway musicals: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Falsettos," and "Waitress."

By Philip Campbell | August 31, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony's 2018-19 season starts next week, marking the next-to-last year of Michael Tilson Thomas' historical term as Music Director.


By Philip Campbell | August 29, 2018

San Francisco's Merola Opera Program, known for selecting and intensively training some of the most promising young talent in the world, recently finished its 2018 Summer Festival with a Grand Finale at the War Memorial Opera House.

By Philip Campbell | August 22, 2018

Berkeley-based West Edge Opera has wrapped its summer Festival 2018 at its new digs in Craneway Conference Center on the Richmond waterfront.


By Roberto Friedman | August 22, 2018

Author Don Shewey is a therapist whose work with gay men concerns issues of sex and intimacy. He has a lot of wisdom and experience to share in his new book "The Paradox of Porn - Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture" (Joybody Books).

By Philip Campbell | August 15, 2018

Of the Gilbert & Sullivan "big three," which include "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Mikado," "The Pirates of Penzance" or "The Slave of Duty" arguably remains the most popular.


By Roberto Friedman | August 15, 2018

Nonesuch has just released the first recording of "Doctor Atomic," composer John Adams' opera about the Manhattan Project, which had its world premiere from San Francisco Opera in 2005.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | August 15, 2018

Carole Cook, still quite active in cabaret, is one of more than a dozen performers who will be taking to the stage of the Herbst Theatre on Sun., Aug. 19 for "Help Is on the Way 24," the latest fundraising variety show for Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.


By Philip Campbell | August 8, 2018

When revolutionary 20th-century composer Igor Stravinsky teamed with co-librettists W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman to write "The Rake's Progress" in 1951, he was finally moving past his "neoclassic" period.

By Tim Pfaff | August 8, 2018

For all we've written about two great gay keyboard artists, pianist Stephen Hough and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, the fact is that we've skated over their recorded output.


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