Arts & Culture :: Music

Music for the holiday season, part 1

Music for the holiday season, part 1

  • by Jason Victor Serinus
  • Dec 13, 2017

Welcome to the first installment of our two-part survey of Christmas music.

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.

Jane Lynch Swings

Jane Lynch Swings

  • by David Elijah-Nahmod
  • Dec 7, 2017

She'll always be best-known as Sue Sylvester, the gym teacher you love to hate on the late, lamented "Glee." Sue is a far cry from Jane Lynch, her portrayer. Or is she?

The spirit of resistance

The spirit of resistance

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 6, 2017

One of the more remarkable projects in Jordi Savall's career, "Les Routes de L'Esclavage" ("The Routes of Slavery"), yielded a 2015 concert memorialized live on both CD and DVD.

Jane Lynch swings

Jane Lynch swings

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 6, 2017

Jane Lynch is preparing to bring her Christmas cabaret act to town.

MTT in CA Hall of Fame

MTT in CA Hall of Fame

  • by BAR staff
  • Dec 6, 2017

Gay San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, center, was one of several inductees into the California Hall of Fame Tuesday, December 5, at the California Museum in Sacramento.

SF Opera Chorus up-close & personal

SF Opera Chorus up-close & personal

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 6, 2017

The esteemed San Francisco Opera Chorus gave its second annual concert last week in the intimate surroundings of the Taube Atrium Theater in the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera.

Women of the Golden Empire

Women of the Golden Empire

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Dec 3, 2017

Like a lightning bolt that starts a fire, the world premiere of composer John Adams' and Peter Sellars' latest collaboration, "Girls of the Golden West," scorched the hallowed walls of the War Memorial Opera House last week.

Women of the Golden Empire

Women of the Golden Empire

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 29, 2017

"Girls of the Golden West," scorched the hallowed walls of the War Memorial Opera House last week.

Special guests abound

Special guests abound

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 29, 2017

For the 16th year, the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation will be staging "Help Is On the Way for the Holidays" for the best of causes.

Michael Feinstein :: Christmas Classics with the Cabaret King

Michael Feinstein :: Christmas Classics with the Cabaret King

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 25, 2017

Michael Feinstein says that amidst the news and politics of this year in particular, he'd be remiss to deny his audiences a chance to indulge in the happier aspects of Christmas music.

Visionary Vibes

Visionary Vibes

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 25, 2017

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony stuffed Davies Symphony Hall with the big and bountiful Symphony No. 4 (1916/24) of Charles Ives last week.

Christian rocker, out gay man

Christian rocker, out gay man

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 21, 2017

In "Hey Jesus," one of the tracks on his solo album "Love Is Love," Trey Pearson sings plaintively to the Lord.

Visionary vibes

Visionary vibes

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 21, 2017

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony stuffed Davies Symphony Hall with the big and bountiful Symphony No. 4 of Charles Ives last week.