Arts & Culture :: Music

Going Out, July 17-28, 2024 arts & nightlife events
The Olympics: the operas - Two productions of "L'Olimpiade" in Paris

The Olympics: the operas - Two productions of "L'Olimpiade" in Paris

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 15, 2024

Christophe Rousset led his ensemble Les Talens Lyriques in a concert performance of Domenico Cimarosa's opera, "L'Olimpiade" (1784), at the Royal Opera-Versailles and on tour, having recorded the piece in Paris from December 18 to 22.

Going Out, July 11-19, 2024 arts & nightlife events

Going Out, July 11-19, 2024 arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 10, 2024

Along with the usual ongoing arts and nightlife events, we've got some particularly unusual happenings for your midsummer enjoyment this week in Going Out.

Adam Tendler: Contemporary pianist performs the intimate "Inheritances"

Adam Tendler: Contemporary pianist performs the intimate "Inheritances"

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 9, 2024

With "Inheritances," acclaimed pianist Adam Tendler commissioned 16 composers to create short piano works related to an unusual moment in his life after the death of his father. Tendler brings the concert to Brava Theater Center July 17.

'Friends of Dorothy' - new queer music compilation out on vinyl

'Friends of Dorothy' - new queer music compilation out on vinyl

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 2, 2024

"Friends of Dorothy" is a new compilation album featuring music and spoken words by queer artists from all over the world. Available exclusively on vinyl, the album is the brainchild of producer/musician Moon Trent and his partner David Cole.

Ann Powers' 'Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell'

Ann Powers' 'Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 2, 2024

If you've been waiting for the great summer read of 2024, your patience has been rewarded with the publication of "Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell" (Dey Street, 2024) by acclaimed music journalist Ann Powers.

Four-handed harmonies - Schubert, Desyatnikov, Cage piano recordings

Four-handed harmonies - Schubert, Desyatnikov, Cage piano recordings

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 25, 2024

Two new superbly-recorded discs by Bertrand Chamayou, Pavel Kolesnikov and Tsoy Samson, pianists renowned for their concert work, show what's possible when the meters are running.

'Sylvester Sings' - Dark Entries Records releases private tracks of the disco icon

'Sylvester Sings' - Dark Entries Records releases private tracks of the disco icon

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jun 25, 2024

Dark Entries Records has captured that moment in San Francisco queer music culture in an album, "Sylvester Sings," a shimmering series of intimate recordings and rehearsals with Sylvester and Peter Mintun exercising their stellar talents.

Fred Schneider: The B-52s member on music, Vegas, and the band's Mosswood Meltdown show

Fred Schneider: The B-52s member on music, Vegas, and the band's Mosswood Meltdown show

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 22, 2024

Fred Schneider talks about the B-52s' upcoming performance at the Mosswood Meltdown (July 6 & 7) in Oakland and his many other upcoming music projects.

Song and dance in Sonoma: Transcendence Theatre Company kicks off summer under the stars

Song and dance in Sonoma: Transcendence Theatre Company kicks off summer under the stars

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 18, 2024

The talent at Transcendence Theatre Company's concerts consists of dozens of singers and dancers who regularly appear on Broadway and West End stages but sweep into Sonoma County in several waves each summer.

'Let the Canary Sing' - Cyndi Lauper's life and career in new documentary

'Let the Canary Sing' - Cyndi Lauper's life and career in new documentary

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 18, 2024

When one recalls 1980s musical culture, the name Cyndi Lauper almost comes immediately to mind. But her music continues to today. The documentary "Let the Canary Sing" offers a nostalgic look at her life and career.

Nicholas Phan's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' - Stellar new recording of American protest songs

Nicholas Phan's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' - Stellar new recording of American protest songs

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 18, 2024

As I listened, repeatedly, to Nicholas Phan's new CD, "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Azica Records), a collection of American protest songs, it occurred to me that it's been a while since I've heard someone's singing called "honest."

Merola Summer Festival: Women make history in classical music concert series

Merola Summer Festival: Women make history in classical music concert series

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 17, 2024

For the first time in 67 years, San Francisco's treasured Merola Opera Program has made women the three stage directors for the 2024 season. Always known for diversity and inclusion, it is a surprising and welcome first.

Costumes are key to 'The Cher Show'

Costumes are key to 'The Cher Show'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 11, 2024

As wardrobe supervisor for the national touring company of "The Cher Show," at the Curran Theatre June 19-23, John Beltre oversee a wardrobe of more than 450 costumes composed of thousands of individual garments, accessories and jewelry.

Fresh Meat Festival: a celebration of queer and trans dance, theater & music

Fresh Meat Festival: a celebration of queer and trans dance, theater & music

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 11, 2024

This year's Fresh Meat Festival features a diverse cast and will feature voguing, Salsa, trans-Americana music, taiko, South Asian contemporary dance, and deaf performers. It all happens June 21-23 at Z Space.