Arts & Culture :: Music

Grand Finale for Merola Opera grads

Grand Finale for Merola Opera grads

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 27, 2019

Instead of returning to campus this fall, the Merola Opera Program class of 2019 has already graduated from the organization's prestigious "summer school." A recent "commencement" concert at the War Memorial Opera House presented the 29 young artists.

Opera from the far left edge: West Edge Opera

Opera from the far left edge: West Edge Opera

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 20, 2019

Challenged by production costs, complicated site procurement, and a problematical performance space, West Edge Opera Festival 2019 can still be called a success.

Diva singer-songwriters by the dozen

Diva singer-songwriters by the dozen

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 20, 2019

There aren't a lot of musicians who have a backstory as fascinating as Jenny Lewis'.

Courtships aboard the Quarterdeck

Courtships aboard the Quarterdeck

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 13, 2019

"H.M.S. Pinafore" sailed into Walnut Creek earlier this month, beginning a run of four weekend dockings in the Bay Area. San Francisco's famous Lamplighters Music Theatre raises the mainsail on Gilbert & Sullivan's perennial favorite.

Gayest songs by far

Gayest songs by far

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 13, 2019

Soak and Marika Hackman, two queer women who made indelible impressions with their previous albums, deliver on that promise and then some.

Discovery of lost time: 'Tarare'

Discovery of lost time: 'Tarare'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 13, 2019

It's all-too-obvious how Antonio Salieri's 1787 opera "Tarare" could tickle the fancy of a politically inclined present-day director.

Fall Arts Preview editions publishing August 29 and September 6

Fall Arts Preview editions publishing August 29 and September 6

  • by Advertising Department
  • Aug 7, 2019

On August 29 and September 5, we'll present our annual two-part Fall Arts Preview issues. From the museums and galleries, to local theatre, -- our fall arts preview editions will cover it all.

Gayer & gayer by the minute

Gayer & gayer by the minute

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 6, 2019

It looks like 2019 is going to be a good year for out R&B artist Rahsaan Patterson. His song "Tears Ago" is one of the few highlights on Dionne Warwick's new studio album, her first in five years.

Soul-snatching & shape-shifting opera 'If I Were You'

Soul-snatching & shape-shifting opera 'If I Were You'

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 6, 2019

Starting with a hook as catchy as anything in Puccini, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's latest operatic collaboration received its world premiere at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco last week.

Late summer musical evenings

Late summer musical evenings

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 2, 2019

San Franciscans tired of foggy summer nights know a trip to the East Bay (or South) can be just the ticket to a balmy evening or an SPF 30 afternoon.

Our week beats your year

Our week beats your year

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 30, 2019

The headline is not meant to be insulting. It's an homage to a new book titled, "My Week Beats Your Year — Encounters with Lou Reed, 1972-2013" (Hat & Beard Press) compiled by Michael Heath and edited by Pat Thomas.

Summer stage & screen scores

Summer stage & screen scores

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 30, 2019

You have to admit that it's more than a little strange to watch the third season of Netflix's "Stranger Things" while the strangest thing of all is living in the White House.

Swapping souls

Swapping souls

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jul 25, 2019

"If I Were You" is up and ready to go. Workshopped in January, double-cast from this year's crop of talented Merolini, and set for a run at Herbst Theatre August 1-6.

Fiddling through a difficult history

Fiddling through a difficult history

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 23, 2019

The opening-night film for the 39th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival lit up the Castro Theatre screen last Thursday night.