Arts & Culture :: Music

'Fellow Travelers' — Opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon novel at Presidio Theatre

'Fellow Travelers' — Opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon novel at Presidio Theatre

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 1, 2024

In acknowledgment of Pride Month, Opera Parallèle and the Presidio Theatre present the West Coast premiere of "Fellow Travelers" by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce for three performances June 21—23 at the historic Presidio Theatre.

Summer performing arts guide: dance, theater, music & more

Summer performing arts guide: dance, theater, music & more

  • by Philip Mayard
  • May 28, 2024

From theatre stages to picturesque parks and scenic outdoor locales, the Bay Area's cultural landscape blossoms in the summer, whether it's Davies Symphony Hall or an alfresco performance under Stern Grove's eucalyptus canopy.

Music marvels: San Francisco Opera's scintillating summer selections

Music marvels: San Francisco Opera's scintillating summer selections

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 28, 2024

San Francisco Opera's 101st season continues post-Memorial Day with three productions starting May 30; a new to San Francisco imagining of a Mozart evergreen; the return of a baroque hit, and a major American premiere.

Ivy Riot! Pride Month series gives center stage to the queer musicians & community

Ivy Riot! Pride Month series gives center stage to the queer musicians & community

  • by JL Odom
  • May 28, 2024

In the East Bay, the owners of The Ivy Room are going above and beyond for Pride month by hosting an unprecedented 19 music and community events.

'tick, tick...BOOM!' at NCTC - Larsen musical's a pocketful of sunshine

'tick, tick...BOOM!' at NCTC - Larsen musical's a pocketful of sunshine

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 21, 2024

"tick, tick...Boom!," is more tickle than gloom. Now charming audiences in an already-extended production at NCTC, this posthumous cobbling of writer-composer Jonathan Larson's pre-"Rent" music shines a welcome light on his sly humor and jukebox wit.

Kevin Winkler's 'On Bette Midler' — Author on his entertaining biography of the singer-actress

Kevin Winkler's 'On Bette Midler' — Author on his entertaining biography of the singer-actress

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 21, 2024

With his new book "On Bette Midler: An Opinionated Guide," gay writer Kevin Winkler has taken on the task of not only tracing Midler's personal chronology, but also taking an in-depth look into her performing life.

Wendy Guevara — Reality star and musician soars to popularity

Wendy Guevara — Reality star and musician soars to popularity

  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 19, 2024

Mexico's trans star Wendy Guevara has made headlines and made millions of fans with her success in reality shows and music.

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 16, 2024

We love a classy benefit, especially one with notable local celebrities. Also, local theater, dance and music concerts are worth your time and money, in Going Out.

In the 'Spotlight' - Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band celebrates animation, video games

In the 'Spotlight' - Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band celebrates animation, video games

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 14, 2024

Each year the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band produces "Spotlight," the band's annual gala and fundraiser. This year's event will take place on May 18 with music from animated films and video games.

Great Britten from the jump — Violin Concerto, 'Spring Symphony,' shorter works in new recordings

Great Britten from the jump — Violin Concerto, 'Spring Symphony,' shorter works in new recordings

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • May 13, 2024

Harmonia Mundi has released a new live recording of Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto, with Isabelle Faust as soloist. As in the case of "Spring Symphony," the recording is rounded out with shorter pieces that demonstrate how fine a composer Britten was.

LZ Love's 'From The Rooter to The Tooter' - a transgender life of love & music

LZ Love's 'From The Rooter to The Tooter' - a transgender life of love & music

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • May 13, 2024

"From The Rooter to The Tooter" explores the amazing life of LZ Love, her trials, tribulations, toils and snares of being a Black child raised in the 1960s and '70s in The Bay Area.

Q-Music: country Pride playlist

Q-Music: country Pride playlist

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 12, 2024

The genres of Country and Americana continue to expand in styles with queer musicians Jaime Wyatt, Amelia White, Creekbed Carter Hogan, Stephanie Sammons, Zoe Boekbinder, and The Western Civilization.

Glam-rock folk-singer Aaron Lee Tasjan's 'Stellar' achievement

Glam-rock folk-singer Aaron Lee Tasjan's 'Stellar' achievement

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 7, 2024

An early contender for one of the best albums of 2024, "Stellar Evolution" (Blue Élan) by queer singer/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan is modern pop perfection.

Tchaikovsky's 'The Enchantress' - New rarely heard opera and other works

Tchaikovsky's 'The Enchantress' - New rarely heard opera and other works

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • May 7, 2024

One of the peskier questions in the classical music world: Does lesser-known mean lesser? New recordings of seldom-heard music by one Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as familiar a composer as could be, say, no.