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Meet the new music director

Meet the new music director

By Roberto Friedman

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.

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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 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.


By Roberto Friedman | November 6, 2018

Out There had an epic Halloween 2018. We were there at The Fillmore for a rollicking concert from The B-52s, only the greatest party band ever in the history of rock.

By Philip Campbell | November 6, 2018

Two classical chamber concerts closed a busy October for music-lovers last week, and, unpredictably, offered time for reflection and needed breaks from the madness of recent events.


By Events Editor | October 31, 2018

Elect to vote for arts to enliven our lives. Choose the performing artists in your district and express yourself.

By Philip Campbell | October 30, 2018

Symphony and Opera lovers have been playing a game of performance ping-pong in San Francisco lately, bouncing between Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 30, 2018

Rami Malek beautifully channels the late rock star Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," the new biopic of Queen, the band Mercury (1946-91) fronted.

By Garland Richard Kyle | October 30, 2018

Whether it was glam rock or punk rock, Reed was a precursor, if not the godfather, of musical styles and rock-n-roll movements.


By Philip Campbell | October 23, 2018

If you believe in love at first sight or you're just a pushover for the lyricism of Richard Strauss, San Francisco Opera has a production of his flawed but charming "Arabella" set to seduce you once more.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 23, 2018

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 40th anniversary this month with special events during the weekend of Oct. 26-28.


By Philip Campbell | October 17, 2018

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.

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.


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