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Gay Chorus meets the Deep South

Gay Chorus meets the Deep South

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 19, 2019

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus showed tremendous courage in the aftermath of Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency and the passage of "religious freedom" laws that legalized LGBT discrimination in conservative states.

Grand Opera's material girl, Manon Lescaut

Grand Opera's material girl, Manon Lescaut

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 12, 2019

First impressions are important, but they shouldn't lead to snap judgment. It is usually wiser to stop and think, but in the world of opera — especially Puccini — lovers tend to fall in love at first sight.

Mandy Patinkin sings from the heart

Mandy Patinkin sings from the heart

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 12, 2019

"If I could only do one kind of performance," Mandy Patinkin explained in a recent phone interview with the B.A.R., "it would be doing concerts."

Transcendental beauty of Ives symphonies

Transcendental beauty of Ives symphonies

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 5, 2019

Young Michael Tilson Thomas inherited a passion to popularize Gustav Mahler and Charles Ives from his legendary mentor Leonard Bernstein.

It's not just a stage

It's not just a stage

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 5, 2019

You've got to give Michael Longoria, Broadway performer in "Jersey Boys" and "Hairspray," credit for being ballsy.

Loving jazz music in an art museum

Loving jazz music in an art museum

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 29, 2019

The highlight of Out There's recent jaunt to New York City was an artistic encounter with the MacArthur "genius grant"-winning jazz pianist and bandleader Jason Moran.

Percussive attack on climate change

Percussive attack on climate change

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 29, 2019

SFS Principal Percussion Jacob Nissly is one of the orchestra's standout players, usually showing his skills from the rear of the stage.

Ampersand land

Ampersand land

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 29, 2019

As it turns out, Pete & Chasten Buttigieg aren't the only fascinating twosome to come from Indiana. Singing-songwriting sisters Lily & Madeline Jurkiewicz have been at it since high school in Indianapolis.

More vinyl love

More vinyl love

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 22, 2019

The 16-track "Wide Prairie" (MPL/Capitol), bowing on 180-gram audiophile black vinyl for the first time (remastered at Abbey Road Studios), is a cornucopia of sounds and styles.

Celebrating a neglected composer

Celebrating a neglected composer

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 22, 2019

Surviving war and political tyranny, the Polish composer and violin and piano virtuoso Grazyna Bacewicz wrote hundreds of scores, building a distinctive style influenced by everything from folk music to the avant-garde.

Figaro in Post-Revolutionary America

Figaro in Post-Revolutionary America

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 15, 2019

After more than 200 years, the perpetually hip writing team of Mozart and Da Ponte still has a hit on their hands. "The Marriage of Figaro" opened at the War Memorial Opera House last week, and it's funnier and timelier than ever.

Musical thirst quenchers

Musical thirst quenchers

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 15, 2019

Out There has famously thirsty ears, but here are three CDs that have lately quenched them.

International music-making: San Francisco Symphony

International music-making: San Francisco Symphony

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 8, 2019

Guest conductors, soloists, and the world premiere of a San Francisco Symphony Commission will keep the home fires burning.

October brings performance ensembles

October brings performance ensembles

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 1, 2019

Well-established Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) and youthfully ambitious Bard Music West (BMW) are ready to light some musical bonfires in October.