Arts & Culture :: Music

Night music

Night music

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 21, 2019

Gustav Mahler said, "A symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything." San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas has agreed throughout his own career.

Love, Dmitri

Love, Dmitri

  • by Paul Parish
  • May 20, 2019

When the glorious dancers of San Francisco Ballet, the pride of our city, ended their season at the Opera House with a brilliant run of "Shostakovich Trilogy," a three-act abstract ballet, they presented a political spectacle of almost imponderable depth.

Lyrical expression

Lyrical expression

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 30, 2019

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns from early spring hiatus next week.

Spring break at Davies Symphony Hall

Spring break at Davies Symphony Hall

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 23, 2019

While San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas remains on hiatus until early May, the Orchestra plays host to some outstanding guest conductors at Davies Symphony Hall.

'Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon' to close December 31

'Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon' to close December 31

  • by Release from our beloved client
  • Apr 17, 2019

Breaking news from our long-term client and San Francisco institution, Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon

Awakening to the glories of 'Saul'

Awakening to the glories of 'Saul'

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 16, 2019

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale ended its 38th season with performances in the Bay Area and Los Angeles of Handel's splendid Biblical oratorio "Saul."

A music man, unlimited

A music man, unlimited

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 16, 2019

"It's been a while now, but I really stumbled into the world of musical theater," says Broadway star Joshua Henry, who plays the Bay Area Cabaret series at the Venetian Room on April 28.

April brings star turns, musical riches

April brings star turns, musical riches

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 9, 2019

Philharmonia Baroque and the San Francisco Symphony are drawing crowds to Herbst Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall to cheer musical players in damp and drizzly April.

Striking out for Santa Fe

Striking out for Santa Fe

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 2, 2019

A new chamber opera based on an incident in the life of painter Georgia O'Keeffe premiered last week at Z Space in San Francisco. "Today It Rains" raced through a strong Score and thought-provoking story.

Beautiful dreamers

Beautiful dreamers

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 26, 2019

Two recent concerts in Berkeley and San Francisco offered different musical takes on contemporary and historic North America.

Queer band camp

Queer band camp

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 26, 2019

Queer bands have come a long way since Fanny, the Village People, Culture Club, Bronski Beat, Tribe 8, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Indigo Girls.

Georgia O'Keeffe on their minds

Georgia O'Keeffe on their minds

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 19, 2019

March goes out like a lion, at least on the San Francisco music scene this year.

Solo adventures

Solo adventures

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 19, 2019

"Warm" (dBpm), the first proper solo album of all original material by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fame, is the kind of musical project that will please his fans.

Celebrating Michael Tilson Thomas

Celebrating Michael Tilson Thomas

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 18, 2019

San Francisco Symphony announces 2019-20 season The announcement by the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas of the 2019-20 season marks the track for the departing Music Director's final victory lap at Davies Symphony Hall.