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Taking the 5th

Taking the 5th

By Philip Campbell

The New York Philharmonic's new music director Jaap van Zweden made his second appearance at DSH with his own strong-minded interpretation of Bruckner's Symphony #5.

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By Tim Pfaff | January 11, 2019

Writing his final opera "Death in Venice," Benjamin Britten, who knew he was dying, looked at his life's work and stripped it bare.

By Philip Campbell | January 8, 2019

The San Francisco Opera's 2018 fall season and holiday events have ended, but preparations for the 2019 summer season are ongoing.


By Gregg Shapiro | January 8, 2019

When it comes to LGBTQ music, the present, as well as the past and future, are female.

By Roberto Friedman | January 4, 2019

When composer Bryce Dessner was named one of the collaborative partners who will be joining Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony in 2020, his name rang a bell with Out There.


By Tim Pfaff | January 1, 2019

His music may seem to say otherwise, but Claude Debussy came to a bitter end of an ill-tempered life begun in poverty and ended in complications from rectal cancer.

By Philip Campbell | January 1, 2019

2018 was busy at the San Francisco Opera. Not really surprising, since it was the first season fully programmed (with one exception) by the administration of general director Matthew Shilvock.


By Philip Campbell | December 25, 2018

Looking back at the San Francisco Symphony's 2018-19 season so far, it is hard to find many highlights that could outshine the announcement early in December of a new Music Director.

By Roberto Friedman | December 25, 2018

Even though this is an end-of-year playlist, not one of these 10 recordings was released in 2018! How's them apples! Still, here's music that quenched our aural thirst as we worked through the year.


By Tim Pfaff | December 25, 2018

Sony let Igor Levit record "Igor Levit, Life" and had a hit on its hands.

By Jason Victor Serinus | December 25, 2018

I've been doing these holiday music roundups for so long that I've lost track of what century we're in. Before it's too late, I invite you to take a read and a listen. Happy holidays!


By Paul Parish | December 18, 2018

In 30 years of reviewing "The Nutcracker," with which San Francisco Ballet returned to the Opera House last Wednesday night, I've never seen such glorious dancing as they brought to the last act.

By Philip Campbell | December 18, 2018

Two recent musical events summed up the spirit of the holiday season with messages of love and good cheer. The San Francisco Symphony's "Messiah" and Opera Parallele's "The Little Prince" also provided some much-needed moments of reflection.


By Roberto Friedman | December 18, 2018

This time of year the airwaves are full of Christmas carols and other Yuletide ditties, but Out There's favorite holiday anthem has always been song satirist Tom Lehrer's "A Christmas Carol."

By Philip Campbell | December 11, 2018

The Adler Fellows class of 2018 appeared in their final concert of the year, "The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert" last Saturday night in Herbst Theatre.


By Roberto Friedman | December 11, 2018

When the San Francisco Symphony announced last week that conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has been chosen to serve as Music Director Designate effective immediately, there was an almost-audible gasp of relief in the Bay Area classical music community.

By Philip Campbell | December 11, 2018

Musical iconoclast, mind-blowing performer and minimalist pioneer Terry Riley has always been hard to classify.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 11, 2018

"Love Is Magic," the title track from John Grant's new album, tells a somber tale.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 4, 2018

Stars of stage and cabaret will perform on Mon., Dec. 10, at the Marines Memorial Theater in "Help Is on the Way XVII," a gala fundraiser for the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation.


By Philip Campbell | December 4, 2018

There is a real need for moments of live musical entertainment and personal reflection amidst the ubiquitous soundtrack of Christmas cheer.

By Roberto Friedman | December 4, 2018

Performing artist-musician Laurie Anderson was Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center last week, during which she appeared in five consecutive nights of programming.


By Tim Pfaff | December 4, 2018

Tchaikovsky-savvy consumers will grock what's going on right from the cover of the new Paris Opera and Ballet pairing of Tchaikovsky's one-act opera "Iolanta" and two-act ballet "The Nutcracker" (BelAir).

By Philip Campbell | December 4, 2018

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony recorded Berlioz's "Romeo et Juliette" live at Davies Symphony Hall in June 2017.


By Philip Campbell | November 28, 2018

The West Coast premiere of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's "It's a Wonderful Life" opened at the San Francisco Opera last week to make a picturesque start for the holiday season.

By Sari Staver | November 27, 2018

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and guitarist Ry Cooder will perform their rendition of the music of Johnny Cash on Dec. 5-6 at the War Memorial Opera House.


By Sari Staver | November 20, 2018

Avant-garde artist and pop music icon Laurie Anderson will present five different concerts in San Francisco beginning Nov. 28, as part of her tenure as Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center.

By Philip Campbell | November 20, 2018

Two concerts with similar intentions brought opposite sides of the Bay in synch recently with the belief that music is a human right.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | November 13, 2018

"Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite" will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller.

By Philip Campbell | November 13, 2018

A fall feast of classical music performances is ongoing through November in San Francisco. Concerts large and small are providing a fine soundtrack to the days before Thanksgiving.


By Gregg Shapiro | November 13, 2018

It's interesting that Boy George and Culture Club would call their new studio album, their first such release in almost 20 years, "Life" (BMG), as that's the one thing it could use more of.

By Jason Victor Serinus | November 6, 2018

Tom Volf's new documentary "Maria by Callas" is essential viewing for anyone who cares about classical music, opera, the human psyche, or the biases of American media.


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