Arts & Culture :: Music

'Moulin Rouge!' lush pop song musical can, can, can

'Moulin Rouge!' lush pop song musical can, can, can

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 13, 2022

Spectacular sets, extravagant costumes, dozens of pop song snippets woven together in a sonic field of dreams. The national tour of "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" now playing at the Orpheum Theater, offers audiences an eye-popping, ear-tickling escape.

Alta Sinfonica launches Latin music remake

Alta Sinfonica launches Latin music remake

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Sep 13, 2022

Herbst Theatre will echo with previously unheard sounds on Oct. 1, when Alta Sinfonica debuts, taking to the stage with music that combines traditional Latin music forms with what organizers tantalizingly call "urbano sounds."

Tony-winner Matt Doyle at Feinstein's: the 'Company' star comes home

Tony-winner Matt Doyle at Feinstein's: the 'Company' star comes home

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 6, 2022

Former local returns to Feinstein's this weekend as a bonafide Broadway star, shortly after winning a Tony for his role in the acclaimed revival of 'Company.'

SF Opera's 'Antony and Cleopatra' - legendary lovers inspire operatic partnerships

SF Opera's 'Antony and Cleopatra' - legendary lovers inspire operatic partnerships

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Sep 6, 2022

Anticipation runs justifiably high for SFO's fifth production with composer John Adams' 'Antony and Cleopatra,' adapted from William Shakespeare's tragic love story, with consultation by director Elkhanah Pulitzer and dramaturg Lucia Scheckner.

Talk about ...pop music: Fall Arts concerts

Talk about ...pop music: Fall Arts concerts

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 2, 2022

From legacy acts to newcomers, there's an unusually queer season of pop ahead at major Bay Area concert venues. Brace yourselves for a glitter tsunami.

Duly noted: Fall Arts classical music concerts

Duly noted: Fall Arts classical music concerts

  • Aug 30, 2022

There's a celebratory quality to the classical music offerings this fall, in no small part out of gratitude that live performances can go on at all. The home team has seldom looked so good, and many of the visitors, too, are easy on the eye and ear.

'Poser' - Columbus music scene's queer-adjacence

'Poser' - Columbus music scene's queer-adjacence

  • by Joshua Polanski
  • Aug 23, 2022

Set in the ultra-local indie music in Columbus, directors Ori Segev and Noah Dixon wisely populate their affectionately-shot indie film with real performers from the local scene, most notably Bobbi Kitten (as herself) from Damn the Witch Siren.

Q-Music: Diva country: new collections from Olivia Newton-John, Madonna, and more

Q-Music: Diva country: new collections from Olivia Newton-John, Madonna, and more

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 23, 2022

Get into the groove and get physical with new classic collections by Olivia Newton-John, Bobbie Gentry, Mimi Roman and Madonna.

Mahler makeover: new-fangled recent recordings of Symphonies 2 and 4

Mahler makeover: new-fangled recent recordings of Symphonies 2 and 4

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 16, 2022

The wild world of recordings serves up two new readings of Gustav Mahler symphonies —Gabriel Feltz's of the Second, Francois-Xavier Roth's of the Fourth— guaranteed to shake loose the last cobwebs clinging to what are now the standard interpretations.

Q-Music: Female energy

Q-Music: Female energy

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 16, 2022

New music from bands with strong women lead vocalists get a listen, including Bonny Light Horseman, The Interrupters, Momma, Deerhoof and Stars.

Help is on the Way XXVI @ Marines' Memorial Theatre

Help is on the Way XXVI @ Marines' Memorial Theatre

  • by photo by Steven Underhill
  • Aug 9, 2022

Broadway homages wowed the audience at the 26th Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) Help Is On The Way concert at the Marines' Memorial Theatre on August 7, the first to be held in person since 2019.

Not your grandma's "Oklahoma!" - a radical new staging at the Golden Gate Theatre

Not your grandma's "Oklahoma!" - a radical new staging at the Golden Gate Theatre

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 9, 2022

The "Oklahoma!" that comes sweeping into the Golden Gate Theatre next week on a national tour is a dark, radically reimagined take on the show that debuted on Broadway in 1943.

Help Is On The Way... back! REAF's star-studded biannual benefit returns

Help Is On The Way... back! REAF's star-studded biannual benefit returns

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 2, 2022

The 26th Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) "Help Is On The Way" concert, the first to be held in person since 2019, promises a stellar array of Broadway, film, cabaret and TV stars.

Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara: alive and kicking, and on tour

Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara: alive and kicking, and on tour

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 2, 2022

Hard rocking L.A.-based band Dead Sara has been at it for 20 years, with queer lead singer Emily Armstrong bringing powerhouse vocals to a new album and concert tour after a six-year gap.