Classical Music & Opera

COURTESY PHOTOGuest conductor: Semyon Bychkov will fill in for Michael Tilson Thomas to lead the San Francisco Symphony’s first two subscription series concerts of the 2012-13 season.

San Francisco Symphony is mixing it up

With a memorable centennial season behind it, the San Francisco Symphony is…

COURTESY PHOTOGuest conductor: Semyon Bychkov will fill in for Michael Tilson Thomas to lead the San Francisco Symphony’s first two subscription series concerts of the 2012-13 season.
Courtesy PhotoLong tradition: For more than a century

A 130-year-old Sunday treat

At 100, the San Francisco Symphony is considerably junior to the Golden…

Courtesy PhotoLong tradition: For more than a century
Courtesy PhotoGrowing up in Cuba

Tiempo Libre no stranger to classical music

Growing up in Cuba, and now living in Miami, the acclaimed musical…

Courtesy PhotoGrowing up in Cuba
Getty Images File PhotoImage of the Week: Blaze's Haze-Two firefighters battle Wednesday’s Pier 29 blaze from a ladder that is almost enveloped in smoke. The fire caused more than $2 million in damage to a location that is slated to be used for the America’s Cup.

Join the 2012 San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade this weekend

Around Town Dance Hip-hop dance: Local hip-hop artist Micaya presents “Mission in…

Getty Images File PhotoImage of the Week: Blaze's Haze-Two firefighters battle Wednesday’s Pier 29 blaze from a ladder that is almost enveloped in smoke. The fire caused more than $2 million in damage to a location that is slated to be used for the America’s Cup.
Courtesy PhotoBéla Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” is yet another modern opera filling The City’s performance halls this summer.

Bartók’s scary ‘Duke Bluebeard’ comes to Davies Hall

Béla Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” is yet another modern opera filling The…

Courtesy PhotoBéla Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” is yet another modern opera filling The City’s performance halls this summer.
Courtesy photoSymphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony

Young piano star Yuja Wang to play Rachmaninoff with symphony

Twenty-five-year-old pianist Yuja Wang, one of the most talked-about artists in classical…

Courtesy photoSymphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony
Courtesy photoWoman of many talents: Singer Cyndi Lauper is working on a new reality show and lobbying

The busy life of Cyndi Lauper — on film

To construct her new reality-TV series, alterna-pop queen and gay-rights activist Cyndi…

Courtesy photoWoman of many talents: Singer Cyndi Lauper is working on a new reality show and lobbying
Courtesy photoSounds of The City: Soprano Laura Claycomb sings Barbary Coast-era arias in the S.F. Symphony’s concert series this week.

S.F. Symphony brings Barbary Coast to life

Celebrating its centennial season with a touch of nostalgia, the San Francisco…

Courtesy photoSounds of The City: Soprano Laura Claycomb sings Barbary Coast-era arias in the S.F. Symphony’s concert series this week.
Courtesy photoSinging sensation: Jessye Norman performs John Cage songs during San Francisco Symphony’s American Mavericks Festival.

Long-awaited American Mavericks festival returns

For those who attended, San Francisco Symphony’s 1996 American Mavericks Festival was…

Courtesy photoSinging sensation: Jessye Norman performs John Cage songs during San Francisco Symphony’s American Mavericks Festival.
courtesy photoThen and now: Former San Francisco Symphony music directors Herbert Blomstedt

Veterans’ centennial homecoming

Some special guests are appearing with the San Francisco Symphony soon: Former…

courtesy photoThen and now: Former San Francisco Symphony music directors Herbert Blomstedt
Courtesy photoConductor Ludovic Morlot leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in two concert programs in San Francisco this week.

From Boston with love: Symphony comes to SF

In a special Bay Area musical event, the hallowed 130-year-old Boston Symphony…

Courtesy photoConductor Ludovic Morlot leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in two concert programs in San Francisco this week.
Courtesy photoHoliday glee: The San Francisco Symphony Chorus is participating in a new program of carols and Christmas music on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Davies Hall.

San Francisco Symphony's magical 'Messiah'

For a weighty reference to Handel’s “Messiah,” consider that Beethoven spoke of…

Courtesy photoHoliday glee: The San Francisco Symphony Chorus is participating in a new program of carols and Christmas music on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Davies Hall.
Busy schedule: Joshua Bell – who is working with Project San Francisco

Joshua Bell a great violinist, but he still gets homesick

“It’s not ‘Leave it to Beaver,’” Joshua Bell says, somewhat ruefully, when…

Busy schedule: Joshua Bell – who is working with Project San Francisco
Violin star: Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell appears with the San Francisco Symphony. Music by Glazunov

Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell appears with the San Francisco Symphony

Who’s in town Physicist and “Warped Passages” author Lisa Randall, named one…

Violin star: Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell appears with the San Francisco Symphony. Music by Glazunov
Katie Kadarauch (courtesy photo)

Katie Kadarauch brings film-score experience to San Francisco Symphony

Centennial playersIn honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner…

Katie Kadarauch (courtesy photo)
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SF Symphony clarinetist Luis Baez frequents chamber series

Centennial players: In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The…

Luis Baez (Courtesy photo)Luis Baez (Courtesy photo)
Peter Wyrick (Courtesy photo)Peter Wyrick (Courtesy photo)

Cellist Peter Wyrick is in second run with San Francisco Symphony

Centennial players: In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The…

Peter Wyrick (Courtesy photo)Peter Wyrick (Courtesy photo)
David HerbertDavid Herbert

Globetrotting David Herbert is on the cutting edge of solo timpani

In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is…

David HerbertDavid Herbert
Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco Symphony's Larry Epstein comes from a long line of bassists

Centennial players In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The…

Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)
Catherine Payne (courtesy photo)

Veteran flute and piccolo player Catherine Payne draws spotlight to San Francisco Symphony's high end

Centennial players In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The…

Catherine Payne (courtesy photo)