Arts & Culture :: Music

Vincent Paterson: choreographer on making iconic moves for Madonna, Michael Jackson and many others

Vincent Paterson: choreographer on making iconic moves for Madonna, Michael Jackson and many others

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 18, 2022

While you may not recognize his name, you definitely know his work. Vincent Paterson has choreographed some of the most iconic dances for pop music in the 20th century, plus musicals, operas and more, all shared in his new memoir.

'The Red Shades' - Adrienne Price's trans superhero rock opera

'The Red Shades' - Adrienne Price's trans superhero rock opera

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 18, 2022

"The Red Shades," now being presented in a world premiere production at Z Space, began seven years ago as a series of voice memos while composer Adrienne Price commuted to and from work.

Gods and Monsters: haunting classical music events

Gods and Monsters: haunting classical music events

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 18, 2022

Evening fog chills the city, making a mysterious cover for things that go bump in the night. The San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera are providing the soundtrack as Halloween creeps near.

Ramesh: gay musician discusses his solo work and Voxtrot's reunion

Ramesh: gay musician discusses his solo work and Voxtrot's reunion

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 4, 2022

Ramesh (Srivastava), who goes by one name, is the queer musical genius behind Austin-based Voxtrot, a band whose distinctive Britpop-influenced sound made an impression on listeners, and are once again touring.

Krystian Zimerman and Lisa Batiashvili record Szymanowski

Krystian Zimerman and Lisa Batiashvili record Szymanowski

  • by by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 4, 2022

The acclaimed pianist and violinist have each recorded stellar new performances of works by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.

Honoring Jewlia Eisenberg at the CJM

Honoring Jewlia Eisenberg at the CJM

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 26, 2022

The Contemporary Jewish Museum will pay homage to the life and legacy of singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Jewlia Eisenberg with a two-part event titled "Fierce as Death: Queer as the Song of Songs."

Suzanne Vega: new album, new tour

Suzanne Vega: new album, new tour

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Sep 24, 2022

Having matured musically since her hit single "Luka" in 1987, Suzanne Vega's new album, "An Evening of New York Songs & Stories" includes re-recorded old songs as well as new ones.

Semler sings out: openly queer Christian musician

Semler sings out: openly queer Christian musician

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Sep 20, 2022

The Contemporary Christian Music phenomenon known simply as Semler has earned the distinction of hitting #1 on the Gospel charts twice in one year. It's even more noteworthy that Semler is the first openly queer Christian music artist.

'Kinky Boots'- Ray of Light's kicky production

'Kinky Boots'- Ray of Light's kicky production

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 13, 2022

Cyndi Lauper's infectious score and the cast's all-in performances made the original production —and now the Ray of Light iteration — of 'Kinky Boots' well worth seeing.

'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.