Arts & Culture :: Music

Amen corner

Amen corner

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 18, 2018

Two recent musical events summed up the spirit of the holiday season with messages of love and good cheer. The San Francisco Symphony's "Messiah" and Opera Parallele's "The Little Prince" also provided some much-needed moments of reflection.

Gifted Fellows

Gifted Fellows

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 11, 2018

The Adler Fellows class of 2018 appeared in their final concert of the year, "The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert" last Saturday night in Herbst Theatre.

Meet the new music director

Meet the new music director

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 11, 2018

When the San Francisco Symphony announced last week that conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has been chosen to serve as Music Director Designate effective immediately, there was an almost-audible gasp of relief in the Bay Area classical music community.

Four hands play Terry Riley pieces

Four hands play Terry Riley pieces

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 11, 2018

Musical iconoclast, mind-blowing performer and minimalist pioneer Terry Riley has always been hard to classify.

John Grant bares his soul

John Grant bares his soul

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 11, 2018

"Love Is Magic," the title track from John Grant's new album, tells a somber tale.

Christmastime in the concert halls

Christmastime in the concert halls

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 4, 2018

There is a real need for moments of live musical entertainment and personal reflection amidst the ubiquitous soundtrack of Christmas cheer.

Stars shine for 'Help Is on the Way XVII'

Stars shine for 'Help Is on the Way XVII'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 4, 2018

Stars of stage and cabaret will perform on Mon., Dec. 10, at the Marines Memorial Theater in "Help Is on the Way XVII," a gala fundraiser for the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation.

Laurie Anderson intensive

Laurie Anderson intensive

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 4, 2018

Performing artist-musician Laurie Anderson was Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center last week, during which she appeared in five consecutive nights of programming.

Someday her prince will cum

Someday her prince will cum

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 4, 2018

Tchaikovsky-savvy consumers will grock what's going on right from the cover of the new Paris Opera and Ballet pairing of Tchaikovsky's one-act opera "Iolanta" and two-act ballet "The Nutcracker" (BelAir).

Young lovers

Young lovers

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 4, 2018

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony recorded Berlioz's "Romeo et Juliette" live at Davies Symphony Hall in June 2017.

Cue the guardian angels!

Cue the guardian angels!

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 28, 2018

The West Coast premiere of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's "It's a Wonderful Life" opened at the San Francisco Opera last week to make a picturesque start for the holiday season.

Cashing in

Cashing in

  • by Sari Staver
  • Nov 27, 2018

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and guitarist Ry Cooder will perform their rendition of the music of Johnny Cash on Dec. 5-6 at the War Memorial Opera House.

Resident genius

Resident genius

  • by Sari Staver
  • Nov 20, 2018

Avant-garde artist and pop music icon Laurie Anderson will present five different concerts in San Francisco beginning Nov. 28, as part of her tenure as Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center.

Music for a better world

Music for a better world

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 20, 2018

Two concerts with similar intentions brought opposite sides of the Bay in synch recently with the belief that music is a human right.