Arts & Culture :: Music

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.

Reconsidering Bernstein's symphonies

Reconsidering Bernstein's symphonies

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 17, 2018

Leonard Bernstein's three symphonies have gotten a much-needed boost from the composer's centennial, if largely by way of recordings.

Rachel Bay Jones catches the zeitgeist

Rachel Bay Jones catches the zeitgeist

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 17, 2018

Rachel Bay Jones' reputation precedes her. Well, sort of.

Carmen Giannattasio debuts as 'Tosca'

Carmen Giannattasio debuts as 'Tosca'

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 12, 2018

Once famously derided as "that shabby little shocker" and condemned as "little more than a manipulative melodrama," composer Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" ultimately triumphed over the naysayers.

More solos & sides

More solos & sides

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 10, 2018

Ben Folds Five drummer and backing vocalist Darren Jessee has kept himself busy.

Levitating Igor Levit

Levitating Igor Levit

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 10, 2018

What have we before us in the form of pianist Igor Levit? Who is this guy?

Justin Vivian Bond returns

Justin Vivian Bond returns

  • by Sari Staver
  • Oct 3, 2018

Called "the best cabaret artist of his generation" by The New Yorker, Justin Vivian Bond returns to San Francisco to perform at the GLBT Historical Society's annual gala on Friday evening, Oct. 5.

OT's early fall playlist

OT's early fall playlist

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 3, 2018

Here's a tip from those of us who have access to review copies and other advance media: Sometimes there's no better source for ear candy than the San Francisco Public Library, which has a wealth of audio-visual material for lending.

Taking Stravinsky on the road

Taking Stravinsky on the road

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Oct 3, 2018

Practice, practice, practice is how you get to Carnegie Hall, and the last program in the San Francisco Symphony's recent two-week Stravinsky Festival proved it once more.

Solos & sides

Solos & sides

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 3, 2018

It's no exaggeration to say that each new Neko Case album is cause for celebration.

Starting strong

Starting strong

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Sep 26, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas have covered a lot of ground since the start of the new season.

Queen Elizabeth lights up the stage

Queen Elizabeth lights up the stage

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Sep 19, 2018

Gaetano Donizetti's lyric drama "Roberto Devereux" lights up the War Memorial stage with a semi-historical pageant that triumphantly combines stellar musical artistry with colorful showmanship.

The faint voices of fairies

The faint voices of fairies

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Sep 19, 2018

Out music scholar Paul Kildea, author of a brilliant biography of Benjamin Britten, has looked deeply into Chopin's Op. 28 Preludes in "Chopin's Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism" (W.W. Norton).