Category Archives: Music

Coming Up: Dutoit Conducts Poulenc and Berlioz

We have a great program coming up with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus! Maestro Charles Dutoit will be conducting two wonderful French choral works: Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Berlioz’s Te Deum. Continue reading

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Peter Sellars’ Ritualization of the St. Matthew Passion

This is an absolutely stunning, deeply profound performance. If you are a fan of Bach, or of Peter Sellars work, you simply must see and hear this. Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen in Oakland

Thirty-four years ago, I went to see my first Bruce Springsteen show. That date remains the best rock concert I’ve even been to. But wow, Bruce’s concert last night in Oakland sure comes close. Continue reading

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A Chorister’s Preview of SFS Season 101

I’m looking forward to our first San Francisco Symphony Chorus rehearsal on Tuesday with our director Ragnar Bohlin. The Symphony’s 101st season offers a different set of delights for the singers from last year’s landmark centennial season. Continue reading

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The End of the Centennial Season

Saturday night was the last concert of the amazing San Francisco Symphony centennial season. This program was a great one for the chorus: Ligeti’s a cappella Lux aeterna, Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, and Beethoven’s Ninth. Continue reading

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California Bach Society – Handel Anthems

I’ve been meaning to check out one of the California Bach Society’s concerts ever since hearing about the great work that Paul Flight was doing with the group. Tonight we heard a delightful program of Handel Anthems. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission

Before we launch Mass Transmission into the world tomorrow evening, I’d like to reflect on some of the musical aspects that I love about both this piece and other works by Mason Bates. Continue reading

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Debussy Reviews; On to Bates

The reviews for the San Francisco Symphony production of Le martyre de Saint S√©bastien are in. The Chorus finally gets to take a 6-week breather, and then we start rehearsals for the premiere of Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission. Continue reading

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