Unlike some opera singers, Laurie Rubin loves computers. The mezzo-soprano, performing Monday at Congregation Emanu-El in concert with Frederica von Stade, is a whiz with email, using Voiceover on a Macbook Pro. Read More
Light in the Grove: On Wednesday, the National AIDS Memorial Grove held a fundraiser — the first of its kind — marking its 20th anniversary. Held at the grove in Golden Gate Park, the “evening of remembrance and renewal” honored Pat Christen, former executive director of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and current president and CEO of HopeLab. Read More
While few are mentioning retirement, most music lovers know that this weekend’s gala for singing great Frederica von Stade, presented by major local organizations, is part of her farewell tour — following similar events in New York, Chicago and Houston. Read More
In playwright Terrence McNally’s “Master Class,” an imperious opera diva schools a small group of gifted voice students in both technical training and reminiscences from her fabled career.
If you substitute beloved for imperious you have the perfect description for “An Evening with Frederica von Stade” at San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Tuesday. Read More
All singers experience highs and lows in their careers, but San Francisco mezzo soprano Zheng Cao has faced unique extremes. At 44, persistence, determination and what must be called medical miracles have enabled her survival against great odds. At the same time, triumphs on the stage have made her world-famous. Read More
To those who believe a music teacher’s pronouncement that “a world without culture and music is chaos,” the Pacific Musical Society is a bastion of hope.
It is one of The City’s oldest and most important organizations supporting young musicians, and it is celebrating its centennial this month. Read More