Arts & Culture :: Music

Great acoustics

Great acoustics

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 20, 2019

The Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, the thoroughly renovated fourth floor and basement of the Beaux Arts-designed Veterans Building, opened to enthusiastic praise three years ago. It is home to the 299-seat Diane and Ted Taube Atrium Theater.

Do we hear a waltz?

Do we hear a waltz?

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 12, 2019

Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," inspired by an Ingmar Bergman movie, endures as one of his most successful shows. It's that "Send in the Clowns" musical, as marketers are quick to remind.

Out of the city & into the sheets

Out of the city & into the sheets

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 12, 2019

Even though Out There is a very urban person, we know that it's very important to get out of the big city every now and then. So we try to get away, and high on our list of destinations are the resorts, eateries and wineries of Sonoma County.

Queer historical choral work out on CD

Queer historical choral work out on CD

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 12, 2019

"Unbreakable," an epic choral work performed with San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus last summer, is now available on CD and streaming platforms.

Getting personal with Steve Grand

Getting personal with Steve Grand

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 12, 2019

Steve Grand will be performing at Feinstein's at the Nikko on Feb. 20 & 21. The openly gay singer-songwriter will present "Up Close and Personal."

Batched Beethoven & Brahms

Batched Beethoven & Brahms

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 12, 2019

Brahms' last piano compositions are often recorded together (at least three new sets have just hit the market) but hardly ever performed complete in recital.

Berkeley muse

Berkeley muse

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 5, 2019

The Berkeley Symphony's 2018-19 season continued last week at Zellerbach Hall with a tribute to composers' responses to literature, prose and poetry.

50 commissions go beyond borders

50 commissions go beyond borders

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 29, 2019

For more than 40 years, San Francisco's Kronos Quartet has fused musical categories and erased borders. They are impossible to pigeonhole: classical, rock, jazz, or modern?

Next year's model: San Francisco Opera announces 2019-20 season

Next year's model: San Francisco Opera announces 2019-20 season

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 22, 2019

The San Francisco Opera announced season repertory and casting for 2019-20 this week, and positive first impressions were confirmed in a conversation with General Director Matthew Shilvock.

Designated (music) driver

Designated (music) driver

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 22, 2019

There was a certain electricity in Davies Symphony Hall last Friday night as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the San Francisco Symphony for the first time since his appointment as Music Director Designate was announced at the end of last year.

Taking the 5th

Taking the 5th

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 15, 2019

The New York Philharmonic's new music director Jaap van Zweden made his second appearance at DSH with his own strong-minded interpretation of Bruckner's Symphony #5.

Venetian blondes

Venetian blondes

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 11, 2019

Writing his final opera "Death in Venice," Benjamin Britten, who knew he was dying, looked at his life's work and stripped it bare.

San Francisco Opera looks ahead

San Francisco Opera looks ahead

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 8, 2019

The San Francisco Opera's 2018 fall season and holiday events have ended, but preparations for the 2019 summer season are ongoing.

Oh, what a queer year!

Oh, what a queer year!

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 8, 2019

When it comes to LGBTQ music, the present, as well as the past and future, are female.