Sean’s Reviews and Interviews

Sean’s Reviews

BEN-HUR Poster (1925)

ANITA MONGA – Inside Scoops on the San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2015

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens this week, Thursday, May 28, and runs through Monday, June 1 at the Castro Theatre. This year marks the festival’s 20th Anniversary. The line-up of evening and matinee screenings  begins with the 1930 classic, All Quiet on the Western Front – the silent version. The original production sailed […]

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A Conversation with Silent Film Accompanist Stephen Horne – Coming to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 28 – June 1

Pianist Stephen Horne is one of the most sought after musicians in the world of silent film accompaniment. He returns to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival which celebrates its 20th Anniversary at the Castro Theatre, May 28 through June 1. Stephen will accompany the following films: When the Earth Trembled, aka, Quand le Terre […]

Jean-Yves Thibaudet. For FFS

A Conversation with Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

“I think it’s one of Bernstein’s great, really great pieces of music,” said Jean-Yves Thibaudet. “A lot of people only know the lighter side of Bernstein, what they’ve seen in West Side Story. But when they hear this music – because it is an experience to sit through – I think they realize he was […]

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Helgi Tomasson on His ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – An Anniversary at San Francisco Ballet

“When I came to San Francisco Ballet, we needed to expand the repertory,” said Helgi Tomasson during our recent interview. “I decided I had the right people for Romeo and Juliet. Maybe it’s because I never had the opportunity to dance it that I decided to go ahead and produce it. Why not?” [Click here […]

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Cellist Zuill Bailey – On Nico Muhly and Ernest Bloch

“I think this is one of the finest-sounding recordings I’ve ever heard,” said cellist Zuill Bailey. “The acoustics are so off the charts – the way they’ve mapped out the orchestra and captured the cello within the fabric of that.” [Click here to see my full interview on HuffingtonPost.com] Released by Steinway & Sons, the […]

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In Conversation with Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan

“Everything I do, I would want to do again,” said Davit Karapetyan during our recent interview. “Every time you dance you learn so much.”  [Click here to see my full interview on HuffingtonPost.com] “You live differently, every performance. Each time, you will find a different way of pursuing the movements and feel comfortable and confident. […]

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A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist with San Francisco Ballet

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet’s 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House. [Click here to see my full interview on HuffingtonPost.com] Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, the production was […]

BARRY DENNEN, Profile (2014)

BARRY DENNEN – A Conversation with the Pilate of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, at the Castro Theatre, 3/17

Tuesday night, March 17, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco hosts an encore performance of the 1973 mega classic, Jesus Christ Superstar. Ted Neeley and Barry Dennen – the Jesus and Pilate of the film, the original Broadway cast, and multiple productions since – will be onstage at 7:00 for a Q&A prior to the […]

Jesus Christ Superstar

“Jesus Christ Superstar” and Rock Star Ted Neeley – Behold, The Man!

Ted Neely gives all the glory to the director. “Thank God Norman Jewison decided to make this film,” said Ted during our recent conversation. “Had it been any other director, it would not have had the same sort of effect. He was fine-tuning every moment.” In August 2013, I interviewed Ted Neeley on the occasion […]

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Organist Isabelle Demers – At Davies Hall, 3/8

“Quite frankly, it’s not like becoming a physician and knowing you’ll have a job when you graduate…. ” [Click here to see my full interview with Isabelle Demers on Examiner.com]   “If you become an organist – all you hear about is the decline of church attendance in the country and the decline of classical […]