Arts & Culture :: Music

Here's Lucie!

Here's Lucie!

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 17, 2020

Talk about a living legacy. Singer and actress Lucie Arnaz is the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Go ahead, try and top that!

Sold-out concerts before the halls closed

Sold-out concerts before the halls closed

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 10, 2020

A traveling violin superstar and two young singers on the rise filled local concert halls recently with sold-out crowds undeterred by worries about coronavirus.

SF Symphony: Two weeks of E.-P.S.

SF Symphony: Two weeks of E.-P.S.

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 3, 2020

Hard on the heels of the recent announcement of Esa-Pekka Salonen's first season with the San Francisco Symphony, the Music Director Designate commenced two weeks of guest appearances at Davies Symphony Hall.

Online Extra: Keala Settle: This is her!

Online Extra: Keala Settle: This is her!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 3, 2020

If you don't think you know who Keala Settle is, a single song title will make you realize otherwise: "This Is Me."

Salonen Year One: SF Symphony unveils 2020-21 season

Salonen Year One: SF Symphony unveils 2020-21 season

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 25, 2020

The lobby of Davies Symphony Hall felt more like a big, glamorous bar last week as the San Francisco Symphony announced the 2020-21 Season, its first with Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen on the podium.

Five-man band in a beautiful tragedy

Five-man band in a beautiful tragedy

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 25, 2020

In the opening frames of the fabulous rock-history memory piece "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band," the one-time pretty boy and still quite handsome bandleader Robbie Robertson ruefully reflects on a human tragedy.

French masters bring concert hall flair

French masters bring concert hall flair

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 18, 2020

The San Francisco Symphony's February concerts cover the orchestra's full dynamic range, from Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt's mastery of tradition to Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen's contemporary flair.

Garden of Barbara Eden

Garden of Barbara Eden

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 11, 2020

Iconic TV star Barbara Eden, best-known for her role as the genie in the 1960s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie," will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award at San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Annual Fanfare Luncheon on Fri., Feb. 14.

Rough Hough

Rough Hough

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 11, 2020

Writing deeply informed reflections about classical music in language that engages the non-specialist, Stephen Hough's pieces are collected in "Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More" (FS&G).

Music as spur to memory

Music as spur to memory

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 4, 2020

Two concerts in San Francisco recently evoked memories and underscored the importance of history, offering new hope for the future. One was a solemn memorial, the other a celebration of musical tradition.

Rocket Man opens up

Rocket Man opens up

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Feb 4, 2020

Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Penner, England, the only child of abusive parents.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Laurie Anderson shares SFJAZZ stage

Laurie Anderson shares SFJAZZ stage

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 28, 2020

Performance artist Laurie Anderson has changed so much over the years and into her mature work.

Beethoven is this year's birthday boy

Beethoven is this year's birthday boy

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 28, 2020

Say hello to 2020 with "Beethoven250," virtuosic guest soloists, a new co-commissioned work, and World and SFS Premieres.