Twenty-five-year-old pianist Yuja Wang, one of the most talked-about artists in classical music, appears with the San Francisco Symphony this week, performing Rachmaninoff’s beloved Third Piano Concerto, featured in the movie “Shine.”
You are a bright star of an art form some believe will be gradually phased out. What do you think is the value of performance art ? Read More
To construct her new reality-TV series, alterna-pop queen and gay-rights activist Cyndi Lauper has been committing her hectic schedule to celluloid. It isn’t easy: One day, she’ll be in Washington, D.C., lobbying on behalf of her LGBT-oriented True Colors Fund; the next, she’ll be at the Kentucky Derby in a flying-saucer-size bonnet (“I actually wanted that hat to be bigger!” she says). Read More
Celebrating its centennial season with a touch of nostalgia, the San Francisco Symphony is going back to Barbary Coast days with a special series of concerts honoring The City’s musical heritage.“Barbary Coast & Beyond: Music from the Gold Rush to the Panama-Pacific Exposition,” at Davies Symphony Hall from Thursday through Saturday, covers the Wild West period in the 1850s (before paved roads or indoor plumbing) through the 1915 fair, which announced to the world that San Francis Read More
For those who attended, San Francisco Symphony’s 1996 American Mavericks Festival was remarkable and memorable — particularly how one concert featuring members of the Grateful Dead playing works by Henry Cowell, Edgar Varese, Steve Reich and Lou Harrison reached an audience of Deadheads and veteran symphony subscription holders. Read More
Some special guests are appearing with the San Francisco Symphony soon: Former music directors Edo de Waart and Herbert Blomstedt are returning to The City to lead the orchestra during this season’s centennial celebrations. Read More
In a special Bay Area musical event, the hallowed 130-year-old Boston Symphony Orchestra is visiting its younger West Coast colleague, the 100-year-old San Francisco Symphony, this week.
For the first time in 15 years, the Boston Symphony performs in The City, the first stop on a West Coast tour that also includes Santa Barbara, Palm Desert and Los Angeles. Read More
For a weighty reference to Handel’s “Messiah,” consider that Beethoven spoke of it as one of the great works in all music. And so it is, of course, a global favorite since its premiere in 1741. Read More
“It’s not ‘Leave it to Beaver,’” Joshua Bell says, somewhat ruefully, when asked about his schedule and family.
One of the most famous violinists in the world — he performs this week with the San Francisco Symphony — Bell plays as many as 120 concerts a year, according to his own reckoning. Read More
Centennial playersIn honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history. Read More