Arts & Culture :: Music

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.

Queer Requiem appropriates Latin Mass

Queer Requiem appropriates Latin Mass

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 13, 2018

"Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite" will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller.

Symphonic landscapes

Symphonic landscapes

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 13, 2018

A fall feast of classical music performances is ongoing through November in San Francisco. Concerts large and small are providing a fine soundtrack to the days before Thanksgiving.

Queer group therapy

Queer group therapy

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 13, 2018

It's interesting that Boy George and Culture Club would call their new studio album, their first such release in almost 20 years, "Life" (BMG), as that's the one thing it could use more of.

Divine diva

Divine diva

  • by Jason Victor Serinus
  • Nov 6, 2018

Tom Volf's new documentary "Maria by Callas" is essential viewing for anyone who cares about classical music, opera, the human psyche, or the biases of American media.

Attack of the killer B's

Attack of the killer B's

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Nov 6, 2018

Out There had an epic Halloween 2018. We were there at The Fillmore for a rollicking concert from The B-52s, only the greatest party band ever in the history of rock.

Expert turns in chamber concerts

Expert turns in chamber concerts

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 6, 2018

Two classical chamber concerts closed a busy October for music-lovers last week, and, unpredictably, offered time for reflection and needed breaks from the madness of recent events.

Arts Events Nov 1-8, 2018

Arts Events Nov 1-8, 2018

  • by Events Editor
  • Oct 31, 2018

Elect to vote for arts to enliven our lives. Choose the performing artists in your district and express yourself.

Orbiting the planet Freddie Mercury

Orbiting the planet Freddie Mercury

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 30, 2018

Rami Malek beautifully channels the late rock star Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," the new biopic of Queen, the band Mercury (1946-91) fronted.

Stirring concerts & the 'King of Opera'

Stirring concerts & the 'King of Opera'

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 30, 2018

Symphony and Opera lovers have been playing a game of performance ping-pong in San Francisco lately, bouncing between Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.

Underground hero

Underground hero

  • by Garland Richard Kyle
  • Oct 30, 2018

Whether it was glam rock or punk rock, Reed was a precursor, if not the godfather, of musical styles and rock-n-roll movements.

Strauss' comedy of errors

Strauss' comedy of errors

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 23, 2018

If you believe in love at first sight or you're just a pushover for the lyricism of Richard Strauss, San Francisco Opera has a production of his flawed but charming "Arabella" set to seduce you once more.

SFGMC marks 40 years

SFGMC marks 40 years

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 23, 2018

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 40th anniversary this month with special events during the weekend of Oct. 26-28.

Guest conductor gets dynamic response

Guest conductor gets dynamic response

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 17, 2018

Guest conductors are keeping the podium covered at Davies Symphony Hall this month as Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas works with his other family at the New World Symphony in Miami.