In his native Canada, there aren’t many awards left for 66-year-old folk rocker Bruce Cockburn to win. Read More
If ever a ballerina was born to perform the role of Giselle, it is Diana Vishneva of American Ballet Theatre. Making her first act entrance with feather-light jumps and the buoyant optimism of a naive peasant girl, Vishneva’s Giselle goes beyond many of the trite tropes of the role. Giselle is supposed to be girlish and flirtatious, and while Vishneva was both Friday at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, she took the character development to another level. Read More
In a musically superb production, San Francisco Opera premiered the third of Richard Wagner’s four-opera “Ring of the Nibelung” on Sunday in advance of three highly anticipated cycles coming to the War Memorial Opera House stage June 14 through July 3. “Siegfried” follows new productions of “Das Rhinegold” in 2008 and “Die Walküre” in 2010. Against recent financial challenges and near-disasters for “Ring” productions elsewhere, David Gockley’s company keeps forging the $24 million cycle, directed by Francesca Zambello. Read More
Note: Adele's concert has been canceled due to illness.
In person, Adele Adkins is a zany, outgoing redhead with the wit and comedic timing of a young Lucille Ball. The brassy Brit — who performs as simply Adele — already made her stateside TV debut on “Ugly Betty,” a role she thoroughly enjoyed. “But I sounded like Dick Van Dyke doing it — even though I’m English, I was putting on this fake English accent,” she says. “So it’s not something I want to pursue, acting. I just want to be a singer, and I don’t think you can be good at lots of things. Read More
Calling a concert “The Next Generation of Genius” is not exactly humble, but the Pacific Musical Society has no reason to be self-effacing.
When the 100-year-old organization holds its annual competition winners’ concert and reception June 4 in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, it will present possible successors to violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci, tenor Jess Thomas, pianists Leon Fleisher and Roy Bogas, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici, and scores of other musical celebrities. Read More
Late travel writer Bruce Chatwin had been there before him, as described in the adventurous 1977 book “In Patagonia.”
But that didn’t stop Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys from making his own exploratory sojourn to Brazil and Argentina. From it, he and filmmaker Dylan Goch made a surreal documentary called “Separado!” and it’s an art-house hit in Britain. Read More
Yuki Chikudate adores her orange tabby, Sammy, and she has nothing against animal lovers who maintain Twitter accounts for their pets.
“But I don’t ever want to be so presumptuous as to say that I know what his life is like,” says the vocalist-keyboardist for 4AD-ish duo Asobi Seksu, who posts cute Sammy photos on the group’s website. “So I don’t want to tweet or blog for him because he might be offended by that, and I really don’t know what it’s like to be a cat.” Read More
Now that the television shows “Glee,” “American Idol” and the new hit “The Sing-Off” have gone nuclear, attention on real-life singing groups has never been higher.Enter the Whiffenpoofs. Yale University’s famed a cappella group (not to be confused with another Yale choral group, the Baker’s Dozen, which was involved in an infamous 2007 assault case in San Francisco) — hits The City this week in a rare performance at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre.Four words: Gleek your heart out. Read More
Like many young artists, British electronic conceptualist James Blake could disavow any influence from his equally famous father, ex-Colosseum guitarist James Litherland. Read More
Brittany-bred Julie Budet is justifiably excited about her recent coups, which include “Safari Disco Club” — her second French-language electro-pop album under the alias of Yelle — and a cover, with synth-programming partners Tepr and GrandMarnier, of Robyn’s “Who’s That Girl” for iTunes’ International Exchange program, reciprocated by Robyn’s take on the trio’s “A Cause Garcons.”Another was a Yelle remix of Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold,” which landed her an opening-act gig on Perry’s monthlong UK tour last month. Read More