By Sean

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

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 […]

Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet – Heartaches by the number

Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet is a rare trio of works that explores themes of longing, unfulfilled love, and connecting with the hereafter or the Totally Other. First on the bill is “The Kingdom of the Shades” from Act II of the very seldom produced La Bayadère. Based on the original choreography of Marius […]

SF Opera’s Tosca, Porgy and Bess, and Don Giovanni to screen at Sundance Kabuki Cinema beginning 3/3

San Francisco Opera partners with Sundance Cinemas to present HD screenings of the Company’s acclaimed productions of Puccini’s Tosca, George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco. The three productions are among the most popular in the Company’s Grand Opera Cinema Series. […]

Val Caniparoli’s “Tears” – A World Premiere at San Francisco Ballet

“The dance begins with a brief loop of rainfall, which is then taken over by an effervescent and repeating pattern of cascading harmonies played on an electronic organ. Up-stage center, the lights are focused on Lorena Feijóo as she advances toward the audience. The steady pulses begin changing slightly providing additional luster as the melodies […]

A Conversation with Organist Paul Jacobs – at Davies Hall, 2/17

Bay Area fans of organ concerts feel a sense of celebration whenever Paul Jacobs is in town. The best of The Best is back. This coming Sunday afternoon at Davies Symphony Hall, Mr. Jacobs will be working the magnificent Ruffatti organ through an Olympian program that includes Bach’s Sinfonia to Cantata No. 29, followed by […]

SY SMITH – Just the Thought of You

Sy Smith is one of the most versatile and compelling vocal artists anywhere around. She drives through the fast lanes of contemporary music and then hovers with ease over a vintage standard. With her multi-octave vocal range, Sy can stretch an improvisation to the starry heights. She is likewise very grounded in her own recording […]