By Sean

MYLES THATCHER

Myles Thatcher – Profile of An Upcoming Dancer and Choreographer

“Myles Thatcher’s skills and growing reputation as a promising choreographer have been recognized and honored by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Last month, Myles was awarded a grant and the opportunity to mentor with world renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky during the 2014-15 cycle…. ” [Click here to see my complete interview with Myles […]

RUDOLPH VALENTINO (as Julio)

Anita Monga – Talking with the Artistic Director of the SF Silent Film Festival

“The Four Horsemen made him a star,” she said. “It’s his combination of hard and soft along with the androgynous…. ” [Click here to see the full interview on Examiner.com]

DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY

A Conversation with Dmitri Hvorostovsky – This Week at Davies Hall

“My voice is a perfect instrument,” he said. “I can be as lyric as a tenor….” [Click here to read the full interview on HuffingtonPost.com]

JEROME KERN

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 Examiner.com]

JEFFREY BIEGEL

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 HuffingtonPost.com]

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 HuffingtonPost.com]

RICARDO BUSTAMANTE

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 HuffingtonPost.com]

(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 […]

NATALIE DESSAY, In Pink

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 […]