The Pink Section

A Conversation with Frances Chung, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

“At the end of the day,” said Frances, “it’s all about the music. I want to see the music infused into the dancer.” FRANCES CHUNG. Photo, Erik Tomasson Click here to see my complete interview on HuffingtonPost

Tenor Simon O’Neill on ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ – At SF Symphony, 4/6–11

“I cannot wait to sing with Sasha Cooke,” said tenor Simon O’Neill. “Sitting next to her, I’m the one with the best seat in the house.” [Click here to see my complete interview with Simon O’Neill on HuffingtonPost.] “I just want to be a musician, that’s all. I don’t particularly care what I do. I […]

A Profile of Vitor Luiz – Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Vitor Luiz joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2009. His gift is about connection – a high-spirited rapport that is all at once intimate and mutually engaging. Totally convincing is the best way to describe and cheer Vitor’s performance in Coppélia…. [Click here for the complete interview on HuffingtonPost]

Baritone Matthias Goerne – Performs Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’ – this Friday through Sunday at the Taube Atrium Theatre

The first season of San Francisco Opera Lab launches with the San Francisco premiere of Winterreise (Winter Journey), a series of 24 animated short films as a visual response to Franz Schubert’s haunting song cycle. South African artist William Kentridge has created his own imaginary visual journey as a poetic counterpoint to the interpretation of […]

‘Cabaret’ – Opens at San Francisco’s School of the Arts, March 11

This month the Theatre Department of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts presents Kander and Ebb’s iconic and enduring Broadway musical, CABARET. Performances take place on March 11–13 and March 18–20, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Click here to purchase tickets on-line. “Leave your troubles outside!” […]

New Year’s Eve with San Francisco Symphony and Seth MacFarlane

This New Year’s Eve, Thursday at 8pm – join conductor Edwin Outwater and the San Francisco Symphony for the classiest show in town. This year’s guest artist is popular singer Seth MacFarlane. A recipient of two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the animated series Family Guy, MacFarlane also has a great affinity with […]

SF Symphony presents Jodi Benson and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ – through 12/24

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and their friends return to Davies Symphony Hall for an unforgettable live-action performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. The show plays through December 24, Randall Craig Fleischer conducts the SF Symphony through Vince Guaraldi’s popular and enduring score. The fantastically staged show features live singers, actors, and dancers who take […]

A Conversation with Kathy Najimy – This Sunday at Davies Hall in “Peter and the Wolf”

This Sunday, December 13, Kathy Najimy joins the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for two performances as the Narrator in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Conducted by Donato Cabrera, performances are at 1pm and 4pm. Kathy Najimy joins a long list of celebrity narrators who have helped introduce the experience of a symphony orchestra and […]

Anna May Wong – A (Silent) Lady of the Nightclub

Tonight at the Castro Theatre the Silent Film Festival presents Piccadilly at 9:15. After years of being typecast in Hollywood, Anna May Wong left for Europe in search of better roles. In British director E.A. Dupont’s proto-noir Piccadilly, Wong is mesmerizing. Mark Duguld of the British Film Institute writes, “For all its style and grace, […]

In Conversation with Tenor Paul Appleby – A Smart Debut at San Francisco Opera

Paul laughed when I suggested that “Tamino” in The Magic Flute is one of those tenor roles that sits in the column marked – Thankless. “Yes, I could go on all day about that. It’s funny, because I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I get obsessed with other singers, typically with tenors – […]