Arts & Culture :: Music

Precise lightness at the piano

Precise lightness at the piano

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 10, 2018

Stephen Hough has made a name for himself as a polymath.

Solos & sides

Solos & sides

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 10, 2018

With the release of her debut solo disc Change (Kill Rock Stars), Cindy Wilson is the third member of the legendary B-52s to record a solo album.

Winter LGBTQ Pop Playlist

Winter LGBTQ Pop Playlist

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 3, 2018

This winter of 2017-18, whether you're all bundled up and trudging through snow and ice or wearing board shorts and soaking up the sun at the beach, remember that music makes everything better.

SF Opera's 2017 Season Calls It A Wrap

SF Opera's 2017 Season Calls It A Wrap

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jan 3, 2018

There were hits and misses, a world premiere, directorial missteps and some aging shows, but no egregious flops, and many memorable performances.

Maria Callas uber alles

Maria Callas uber alles

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 3, 2018

With nothing strictly new in it, is Warner's new "Maria Callas - Live Re-Mastered" box-set necessary, let alone important?

Tinsel Tunes 2017

Tinsel Tunes 2017

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 27, 2017

The 10th anniversary edition expanded reissue of Josh Groban's "Noel" (Reprise), one of the biggest-selling Christmas album of all time, now boasts six additional songs, including four newly recorded selections.

SF Symphony earns its hallelujahs

SF Symphony earns its hallelujahs

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 27, 2017

The mighty "Amens" in the final chorus of Handel's "Messiah" still echo in memory, days after personally enjoying a last live concert of 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony.

The year's best classical recordings

The year's best classical recordings

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 27, 2017

The best recording of 2017, a year of living dangerously, was of Messiaen's "Quatuor pour le Fin du Temps" ("The Quartet for the End of Time").

From the jaws of the Moz

From the jaws of the Moz

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 27, 2017

Liner notes to the new Morrissey album "Low in High School" (Etienne) tell us it's "dedicated to Dick Gregory (1932-2017)."

Nick Spangler :: Local Talent Makes Good on Broadway

Nick Spangler :: Local Talent Makes Good on Broadway

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 24, 2017

"Since I've Been Gone" chronicles the time since Spangler left home to pursue a life on the stage.

Music for the holiday season, part 2

Music for the holiday season, part 2

  • by Jason Victor Serinus
  • Dec 20, 2017

Stocking still empty? You can probably grab a USB stick, download these albums, and have fine holiday gifts for the carol-starved amongst us.

Give the gift of LGBTQ music

Give the gift of LGBTQ music

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 20, 2017

The following expanded reissues by George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Jackie Shane and The Smiths are custom-made for the LGBTQ music-lovers on your holiday gift list.

Emotive landscapes

Emotive landscapes

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 20, 2017

The San Francisco Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras released comprehensive multimedia sets on their in-house labels last month.

SoundBox: It's a family affair

SoundBox: It's a family affair

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 13, 2017

SoundBox, the San Francisco Symphony's experimental performance venue and live music nightclub, launched a fourth season of fashionably-later "curated" concerts last week.