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To get a sense of the multiple sides of Leonard Bernstein's creative personality — from the whimsical to the sentimental, the flashy to the intimate... [Read More]
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The operatic repertoire offers few musical depictions of the seashore as vivid as those in Wagner's "Flying Dutchman" and Britten's "Peter Grimes." Sure, some operas... [Read More]
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Of all the multifold moods and personalities that course through the music of Leonard Bernstein, there are two traits that stand out as particularly characteristic... [Read More]
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The Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg era at the New Century Chamber Orchestra is over, and on Thursday night, with a suave and often forceful concert in Berkeley's... [Read More]
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Professional orchestras are always going to have a head start, but for more than three decades now, the Redwood Symphony and its founding music director,... [Read More]
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Leonard Bernstein didn't just live in the moment. He embraced it to the fullest, seizing upon every manner of human experience and drawing it into... [Read More]
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Every social circle has someone who makes life more exciting, more inviting, than it would otherwise be. It's the person who takes an ordinary party... [Read More]
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Christine Goerke almost walked away from opera, right in the middle of her career. She'd been singing lyric soprano roles by Mozart and Handel, to... [Read More]
The Israeli cellist Amit Peled is a large man with a large story to tell — both musical and personal — and he brings it... [Read More]
One of the great local traditions for lovers of chamber music is the Morrison Artists Series at San Francisco State University, which for decades has... [Read More]
For as long as people have existed, they've been fighting wars — and singing songs about the experience of people in battle. ... [Read More]
If you're planning to attend the San Francisco Symphony's opening gala concert this week, be sure to take note of the second stand of violins,... [Read More]
The sun beat down relentlessly, like an overinsistent conductor. The breezes didn't so much as whisper, as if determined not to disturb the vocal artistry... [Read More]
The centuries roll by, and human nature doesn't change all that much, and so we keep telling ourselves the same stories over and over in... [Read More]
The third and final act of Puccini's "Turandot" is, famously, when everything falls apart. This is when the insoluble contradictions of the opera's plot -... [Read More]
Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this puzzle. ACROSS  1 Making progress or making a bust? (7,5)  9 Failure leads us into genuine rejection (7)... [Read More]
For a quick sense of the madcap variety that abounds in the world of electronic composition and performance, you need only take a gander at... [Read More]
Of Mozart's three operatic collaborations with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, "Così Fan Tutte" is surely the most emotionally ambiguous. The title could be translated... [Read More]
The annals of musical competitions are strange and unpredictable terrains. Winners can often vanish quickly from sight, while the names of runners-up go on to... [Read More]
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