By Sean


Jerome Kern’s ‘Show Boat’ opens summer season at SF Opera, 6/1

“It was not unusual for producer Florenz Ziegfeld to include material by a number of  composers in any of his shows….” [Click here to view full announcement on]


Jeffrey Biegel Is Rainbow High on New CD: Life According To Chopin

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel’s latest CD, Life According To Chopin: Chopin’s Greatest Piano Solos may be the first tell-all recording…. [Click here to read my full interview with Jeffrey Biegel on]

Ramon Novarro as “Ben-Hur”

In Conversation with Stewart Copeland – Famed Drummer Composes New Soundtrack for ‘Ben-Hur’ (1925)

“I hope the ethnicity of the score will stand out. The orchestral score is about two thousand pages….” [Click here to see the complete interview on]


RICARDO BUSTAMANTE – Profile of A Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet

“This is one very ambitious project,” says Ricardo Bustamante, ballet master at SF Ballet. “Ratmansky has done so much in his career. He is an avant garde Russian who comes from the old Russia into the new Russia….” [Click here to read the full interview on]

(Detail) Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman with a Cat, ca. 1875

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

Intimate Impressionism, on view at the Legion of Honor from March 29 through August 3, 2014, showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Click here for more information: FAMSF The exhibition will illuminate the process of painting […]

MARIO FRANGOULIS. Photo, Alessandro Dobici

A Conversation with Mario Frangoulis

During our recent interview, Mario and I talked about his early classical training and the amazing fact that producer Cameron Mackintosh cast him as “Marius” in the West End production of Les Misérables when he was only seventeen. We also looked at the relatively new musical term, “crossover”… [Click here to see full interview on […]


A Fabulous Debut at Davies Symphony Hall for Natalie Dessay 

Natalie Dessay’s debut recital at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall this past Saturday night was delightful, delirious, and de-lovely. Since early last June when she told me of her decision to retire from the operatic stage in order to pursue her ambitions as an actress, I and so many of Natalie’s fans despaired of ever […]

de Young Museum and Sphinx

Friday Nights at the de Young 2014 – Begins Friday, March 28

On Friday, March 28, the de Young will kick off Season 10 of its Friday Nights series, giving the local community a chance to enjoy art, live performances, and hands-on art activities during extended hours at the museum. This series, funded by Hanson Bridgett with additional support from the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the […]

Mario Frangoulis, 4

MARIO FRANGOULIS – San Francisco Debut at Nourse Auditorium, 4/4

Called the “powerhouse tenor,” by PBS, Mario Frangoulis makes his San Francisco debut on Friday April 4 at 8:00 p.m. at a one-night-only performance at the historic Nourse Auditorium (275 Hayes Street, San Francisco). Mario was voted “Best Male Classical Crossover Artist of 2011” and known around the world for his philanthropic endeavors, Mario Frangoulis […]

Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. 2, 1930. Oil on canvas

Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George – At the de Young, now through 5/14

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, organized by The Hyde Collection in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The exhibition, which begins its exclusive West Coast presentation at the de Young on February 15, 2014, is the first major exhibition to examine the body of work […]