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Even unhappy marriages, for the most part, begin optimistically. So there was something at once appropriate and heartbreaking about the decision by Opera Parallèle to... [Read More]
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On paper at least, conductor Herbert Blomstedt's guest appearance this week with the San Francisco Symphony would seem to promise pretty run-of-the-mill fare. Between Mozart's... [Read More]
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Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this puzzle. ACROSS  1 Catches sight of sandwich back where some commuters sit (3,5)  5 Greedy person captiv... [Read More]
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Dmitri Tymoczko New music ... [Read More]
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One of the consistent strengths in the offerings of Opera Parallèle has been the company's knack for assembling double bills that are at once inventive... [Read More]
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The German soprano Dorothea Röschmann is one of those resplendent artists who never seem to get this far west. To date, her only Bay Area... [Read More]
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Local music lovers first caught a glimpse of the virtuosic young Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan a few years back at the Music@Menlo Festival. It was... [Read More]
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The Oakland Symphony's expansive "Notes From ..." series has generally cast a celebratory spotlight on the music of geographically specific cultures - Armenia, Vietnam, India... [Read More]
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Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this puzzle. ACROSS  1 Mad non-scientist lacking method (12) 10 Getting up to follow news service at start of... [Read More]
You don't listen to the music of composer Ashley Fure and hear a disembodied series of notes. In her work, the physical acts of producing... [Read More]
Wagner had written three operas before tackling "The Flying Dutchman," but that vivid, darkly Romantic tale of love and redemption is where you can first... [Read More]
One of the more compelling programming initiatives to have emerged from local orchestras in recent years is the "Notes From" series presented by Michael Morgan... [Read More]
Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this puzzle. ACROSS  1 Bishop likely is married in sacred ritual (7)  5 Psychologist gives name to crappy perform... [Read More]
Women's stories come to a tragic end in both halves of the double bill that opens this season at the Phènix Opera Company, the scrappy... [Read More]
Among the many pleasures of "The Gondoliers," Gilbert and Sullivan's joyous operetta about mistaken identity and the limitations of joint monarchical rule, is the that... [Read More]
It was just last season that the birth of triplets took Music Director Joana Carneiro out of commission at the Berkeley Symphony for a full... [Read More]
Most concert offerings from the New Century Chamber Orchestra are strings-only affairs, since that's the ensemble's core mission and identity. But to really get into... [Read More]
The list of qualities that go into making Lou Harrison's music so amiably inviting is almost as extensive and varied as the catalog itself. There's... [Read More]
Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this puzzle. ACROSS  1 Lewis's bun (7)  5 Quite a lot of boxes (7)  9 007's beginning to wear right... [Read More]
Because we have the Broadway musical instead, Americans never really took to the tradition of the operetta. The finest homegrown version of that European form... [Read More]
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