Arts & Culture :: Music

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.

SF Opera announces 2020-21 season

SF Opera announces 2020-21 season

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 22, 2020

A first look at the San Francisco Opera's 2020-21 season announcement is predictably exciting. There are some bold and baffling surprises, but the reasons are smart and balanced.

Latin lesbian conductor takes podium

Latin lesbian conductor takes podium

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 21, 2020

Music director Jessica Bejarano, a lesbian Latina, is the founder and conductor of a new ensemble, the San Francisco Philharmonic. Their first concert comes up on Feb. 3 at the Wilsey Center in San Francisco.

Slings & arrows of an operatic 'Hamlet'

Slings & arrows of an operatic 'Hamlet'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 21, 2020

It's been a very good year for French opera and vocal music on recordings.

Linda Ronstadt, born to sing

Linda Ronstadt, born to sing

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 14, 2020

Directed by gay filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" is not a standard bio-pic but more a celebratory portrait of the artist.

Beethoven, Violins of Hope kick off year

Beethoven, Violins of Hope kick off year

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 7, 2020

Celebrations of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday start Jan. 16-18 with MTT conducting Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring soloist Emanuel Ax.

Bay Area music, the year in review

Bay Area music, the year in review

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 30, 2019

As we head into the new year, thoughts turn to Bay Area musical groups, leaders, and performers who manage to survive against the odds.

Two beloved singers delight in concert

Two beloved singers delight in concert

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 23, 2019

Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and American soprano Dawn Upshaw are treasured singers with enduring careers

Best classical recordings of 2019

Best classical recordings of 2019

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 23, 2019

My love of historical recordings doesn't blind me to the fact that we live in a golden age of music-making now, and that it is preserved at a higher rate than ever.

Candy-colored Christmas with Randy Rainbow!

Candy-colored Christmas with Randy Rainbow!

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 17, 2019

Look out, Mariah Carey! Randy Rainbow has released a Christmas album that rivals yours: "Hey Gurl, It's Christmas."