Arts & Culture :: Music

Operas offstage, online

Operas offstage, online

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 21, 2020

The other shoe dropped last week as the San Francisco Opera joined the growing list of music institutions cancelling the rest of their spring and summer seasons. SFO and other opera companies are sharing their productions online.

Linda Lavin offers 'Love Notes'

Linda Lavin offers 'Love Notes'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 21, 2020

Linda Lavin, Tony-winning actress, best know for her TV show 'Alice,' has new music and new hope. We talked with her by phone from her Manhattan apartment, at the pandemic's U.S. epicenter.

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • Apr 15, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.

Moment by moment: Kristin and DesereƩ of Dance Loud

Moment by moment: Kristin and DesereƩ of Dance Loud

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 15, 2020

There are two sides to every story. That holds true in the case of The Moment, the debut 180-gram audiophile LP, also available via digital download, by Chicago-based queer electronic duo Dance Loud.

Lena Hall: in Limbo and Hell

Lena Hall: in Limbo and Hell

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 7, 2020

Like virtually all performing artists, Lena Hall, best known for her Tony-winning turn as Yitzhak in the Broadway run of 'Hedwig & The Angry Inch,' has had her music and acting career set on pause.

Scores to keep: San Francisco Symphony series, Copland soars

Scores to keep: San Francisco Symphony series, Copland soars

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 7, 2020

San Francisco Symphony's 'Keeping Score' series goes free online; Their performance of Aaron Copland's monumental Third Symphony's online at many music outlets.

Disc love in the time of contagion: Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin'

Disc love in the time of contagion: Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 25, 2020

I watched the new DVD of Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin,' the most emotionally brutal of the Tchaikovsky operas, in a Bolshoi production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, my personal favorite of the current gang of opera enfants terribles, from my bed.

Musical insights with Michael Tilson Thomas

Musical insights with Michael Tilson Thomas

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 17, 2020

Any performance of a Mahler symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas promises to be an event. His lifelong commitment to the composer always produces insight. Some works are so intertwined with MTT, it's hard to tell where composer ends, interpreter begins.

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.