Arts & Culture :: Music

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.

Matt Alber :: The Talented Singer at Feinstein's

Matt Alber :: The Talented Singer at Feinstein's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 31, 2018

A gay community favorite, singer-songwriter Matt Alber will perform at Feinstein's at the Nikko next Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.

Lavender scare on the opera stage

Lavender scare on the opera stage

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 28, 2018

Gregory Spears' and Greg Pierce's "Fellow Travelers" was recently released on CD (Fanfare Cincinnati) by its commissioning company, Cincinnati Opera, superbly led by Mark Gibson.

Queer sisterhood is powerful

Queer sisterhood is powerful

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 28, 2018

Co-produced by Allison Zatarain and legendary songwriter-producer Richard Gottehrer, the 10-song vinyl LP Instant Love Volume 1 (Instant Records) is intended to celebrate "the power of love between women, mothers, sisters, friends and lovers."

Shimmer & shake

Shimmer & shake

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 28, 2018

Recently returned from hiatus, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas joined with the San Francisco Symphony for a busy two weeks of concerts at Davies Symphony Hall.

The Gospel Truth :: Jason Brock, a 'Recovering Christian,' at Martuni's

The Gospel Truth :: Jason Brock, a 'Recovering Christian,' at Martuni's

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 25, 2018

On March 24, 25 and 31 former "X Factor" contestant and local cabaret darling Jason Brock will recall his youth through music. The openly gay singer was raised in a conservative Christian community in Texas.

Loving Two Janises

Loving Two Janises

  • by Sari Staver
  • Mar 21, 2018

A new show featuring jazz, rock, and folk arrangements of the iconic performers Janis Ian and Janis Joplin will premiere at Ashkenaz, the Berkeley community music and dance cafe, on Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

Soloists Shine

Soloists Shine

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 21, 2018

Two chamber ensembles with brilliant soloists doing double duty as conductors made for some agreeable listening recently in bookend concerts in San Francisco.

Mid-March OT playlist

Mid-March OT playlist

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 14, 2018

We all thrilled to singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens crooning "Mystery of Love" from "Call Me By Your Name," nominated for Best Original Song, at the Academy Awards earlier this month.

Guest Conductor Roulette

Guest Conductor Roulette

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 14, 2018

For the past two weeks at Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Symphony played host to a pair of talented guest conductors.

Snapshots of Exciting New Operas

Snapshots of Exciting New Operas

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 7, 2018

Innovative and aptly named West Edge Opera presented a second year of the company's ambitious programming venture "Snapshot" in the East Bay and San Francisco recently.

Music Legend with Changing Parts

Music Legend with Changing Parts

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 28, 2018

At 81, American composer Philip Glass deserves to be called a living legend. For five decades the prolific writer has been at the forefront of music.

Goodbye, yellow brick road

Goodbye, yellow brick road

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 21, 2018

Last month Elton John announced that he would be retiring from touring. His three-year farewell concert tour is sure to be one of the biggest events in pop-music history.

Operatic double bill becomes one

Operatic double bill becomes one

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 21, 2018

The worldwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein's birth centennial continued last week as SFJAZZ and innovative Opera Parallele re-teamed to create a double bill that meshed two works into one.