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By Jason Victor Serinus

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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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 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.

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.


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