Arts & Culture :: Music

Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 23, 2018

The swingin' singer-songwriter performs at Feinstein's at the Nikko.

Bright star shines

Bright star shines

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 16, 2018

Carmen Cusack returns to San Francisco this Saturday night for a solo performance at "A Twist of Limelight," the nonprofit Bay Area Musicals' annual fundraising benefit.

Honored guests

Honored guests

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 16, 2018

Before Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns from hiatus in mid-June, the San Francisco Symphony will present the final three guest conductors of the 2017-18 season.

Tom Goss: The singer-songwriter's musical mission

Tom Goss: The singer-songwriter's musical mission

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 16, 2018

With equal parts heartfelt intention and musical invention, Tom Goss writes and performs songs that are unapologetically gay-themed. He'll perform The Love Cub, his new show, on May 19 in San Francisco at the Hotel Rex.

Brave New World

Brave New World

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 11, 2018

Last month Out There was invited on a press trip to Miami Beach to experience the work of the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy for talented young musicians led by artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas.

Kronos Festival moves beyond borders

Kronos Festival moves beyond borders

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 4, 2018

Genre-crossing, border-lifting, barnstorming Kronos Quartet is well into middle age now, morphing over the years from progressive string quartet to internationally recognized arts institution.

What we learned at the SFPL

What we learned at the SFPL

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 2, 2018

With the world going digital all around us, sometimes Out There loves to return to antique technologies, to doing things "the old way" like borrowing CDs from the San Francisco Public Library.

New adventures in French Baroque

New adventures in French Baroque

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 25, 2018

Diversity and representation are banging on the doors of the world's concert halls and operas houses in ways those institutions ignore at their peril.

Two masters of symphonic repertoire

Two masters of symphonic repertoire

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 25, 2018

Two weeks of concerts by the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall have included the Orchestra debut of British conductor Daniel Harding and the return of old favorite Yan Pascal Tortelier, in to replace previously scheduled Charles Dutoit.

Cabaret for a new generation

Cabaret for a new generation

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 20, 2018

Annaleigh Ashford returns to SF later this month to perform her critically acclaimed solo act as part of Bay Area Cabaret's "Venetian Evenings" series at the Fairmont hotel.

Other Minds' sound poetry compels

Other Minds' sound poetry compels

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 18, 2018

Other Minds Festival 23 recently finished a week of events dedicated to new and old sound poetry at ODC Theater, San Francisco. Subtitled "The Wages of Syntax," the series covered a range of vocal expression, from language as music to performance art.

Tribute album works, sometimes

Tribute album works, sometimes

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 18, 2018

Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin is a new album in which a variety of contemporary artists put their own unique stamps on the songs of music legends Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Henry Cowell, man & work, celebrated

Henry Cowell, man & work, celebrated

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 11, 2018

After two days of ambitious and well-achieved performances, talks and discussions, the second festival of Bard Music West ended last weekend at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco.

Scaling the heights

Scaling the heights

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 4, 2018

When SF Symphony performs Richard Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" April 12-14, both the conductor, Daniel Harding, and the soloist, Paul Lewis (in Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto), are bona fide Brits making their much-belated Davies Hall debuts.