Arts & Culture :: Music

Bargaining with the Devil

Bargaining with the Devil

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 8, 2018

When revolutionary 20th-century composer Igor Stravinsky teamed with co-librettists W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman to write "The Rake's Progress" in 1951, he was finally moving past his "neoclassic" period.

Dreamy keyboardists

Dreamy keyboardists

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 8, 2018

For all we've written about two great gay keyboard artists, pianist Stephen Hough and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, the fact is that we've skated over their recorded output.

Music-lovers' August

Music-lovers' August

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 1, 2018

For Bay Area opera-lovers or anyone curious about the state of the art, August is full of promise. Whether your taste runs to the traditional or contemporary cutting-edge, local companies are offering an exciting variety of musical events.

Nostalgic reflections

Nostalgic reflections

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 26, 2018

Like the members of The Beatles who sought spiritual enlightenment via Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Pete Townshend of The Who trod a similar path through his interactions with Meher Baba.

Composer, icon, working musician

Composer, icon, working musician

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jul 26, 2018

At 81, Philip Glass may never escape the label of minimalist composer.

Melissa Etheridge on High Octane

Melissa Etheridge on High Octane

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jul 18, 2018

Melissa Etheridge will rock the Bay Area this month with two outdoor evening concerts on the weekend of July 21 and 22.

More name games

More name games

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 18, 2018

There isn't much joy to be found on Current Joys' debut visual album "A Different Age" (Danger Collective).

Summertime ovations

Summertime ovations

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jul 18, 2018

"Summer with the Symphony" concerts, the all-purpose two-month fix for staycationing Bay Area music-lovers, continues at Davies Symphony Hall through Aug. 3.

Future stars of the opera stage

Future stars of the opera stage

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jul 11, 2018

In the good old summertime, San Francisco music-lovers can always rely on the Merola Opera program to uphold a celebrated tradition, selecting, training and showcasing young singers.

Daddy issues

Daddy issues

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 11, 2018

A deeply felt, finely balanced account of being Leonard Bernstein's oldest daughter captures the madness of life in the orbit of one of the last century's most influential, larger-than-life musicians with equal parts candor and compassion.

Mahler's world in all of its splendor

Mahler's world in all of its splendor

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jul 4, 2018

It's 23 years and counting as Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas wrapped another memorable season with the San Francisco Symphony last week in concerts devoted entirely to Gustav Mahler's glorious Symphony No. 3.

Name game

Name game

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2018

"Hollow Ground" (Jagjaguwar), the first full-length album by Cut Worms (aka Max Clarke), will make some listeners nostalgic for a time they're not old enough to remember.

'American Ring' cycle, well-rung!

'American Ring' cycle, well-rung!

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 27, 2018

Beguiled local audiences and international visitors embarked on the journey on three separate opening nights as the San Francisco Opera devoted its summer season to a freshly-tweaked revival of director Francesca Zambello's so-called "American Ring."

88 keys spread over 14 CDs

88 keys spread over 14 CDs

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jun 27, 2018

It's not often that one can take full measure of a wide swath of a concert artist's career, but Deutsche Grammophon affords just that opportunity with its release "Pogorelich - Complete Recordings."