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Gautier Capuçon: On Elgar's Cello Concerto, at San Francisco Symphony, 5/27-31

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.22.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The Elgar concerto is one of the most beloved works in the classic cello repertoire. It is the last major work of the composer and one frequently described as contemplative, reflective and elegiac.

A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

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.

A Conversation With Luke Ingham, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Luke appeared as the Nutcracker Prince in this season's opening night performance of the Tchaikovsky favorite. Yuan Yuan Tan joined him in the brilliant Grand Pas de Deux of Act II. The duo proved dynamic. "I'm at the stage where I still really enjoy doing Nutcracker," he said.

A Heavenly Match: Jerome Robbins and Liam Scarlett at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.30.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The sight never fails to thrill: like an exceptionally bright star, the Space Station zooms across the sky at nearly five miles per second, manned by American, Russian, European and Japanese astronauts who spend their days conducting scientific research and testing the effects of zero gravity on their bodies

Human and Superhuman: Ballet San Jose in MasterPieces of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

In his warm-up speech on Saturday night, Ballet San Jose's new CEO, Alan Hineline, alerted the audience to the "superhuman level of athleticism" on display in the third and closing piece of the evening, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.

Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith Lead A Women-Centric Tibet House Benefit

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.14.2015 | Arts

"I saw Laurie Anderson in Germany once, leaving a hotel with Lou Reed," Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne recounted in a phone interview this week. "I...

This Edgy Ballet Is Inspired By Diamonds

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts

In April 1967, famed choreographer George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet, created a ballet inspired by jewels. The piece, aptly t...

Power Plays by Robert Dekkers for Post:Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.22.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Like a René Magritte painting come to life, Robert Dekkers' latest assault on the conventions of theatrical dance piles up one absurd image on another in precise, deliberate fashion, leading us rapidly from a vision of tranquil domesticity into hell and chaos,.

Robert Wilson's Lady Gaga Portraits at The Watermill Center's Annual Summer Benefit/ "Andy Warhol: Global Phenomenon" at Guild Hall

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.26.2014 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The theme may have been "One Thousand Nights and One Night: Sleepless Night of Sheherazade" at this year's Watermill Center Benefit, but as we well kn...

The Great Dream: An American Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

We're in for a wild ride the next few years. Some really great operas are going to be produced. The Great Dream is coming true.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Play

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Sam: "Stacy. My name is Sam Factotum, and I represent several artists who are interested in performing out of this world. I understand that there is fierce competition for who will be the first."

Myles Thatcher -- Profile of an Upcoming Dancer and Choreographer

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Myles Thatcher's skills and growing reputation as a promising choreographer have been recognized and honored by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: John Adams

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

John Adams is one of the most frequently performed of American composers and justly so. Shaker Loops continues to hold its allure. In its well-handl...

Artist Profile: Interview With David Crowell, Brooklyn-based Composer & Performer

Joel Garten | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Joel Garten

David Crowell is a Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist who creates rhythmically complex music with an easy, almost floating quality t...

Val Caniparoli's "Tears": A World Premiere at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.22.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Program two at San Francisco Ballet opened this week with a triple-bill of works commissioned by the company including the world premiere of Val Caniparoli's Tears and an encore of two more from the previous season.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Glass

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I became aware of Philip Glass's music in 1975 when Ron Perera at Smith College introduced me to Music in Fifths. I thought it intriguing.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Steve Reich

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

When an advertisement was plastered on the wall of some abandoned building for the performance of the first part of a new piece, I decided to attend and ended up in a walk-up loft, where we all sat on the floor. Thus I ended up at the premiere of Music for Eighteen Musicians.

Movie Review: Visitors

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Godfrey Reggio makes the kind of movies I think Terrence Malick longs to make. While Malick has already rejected story and plot, as well as dialogue, character development and, occasionally, even characters, he's never made a film where he ignored all of these things completely.

Glass Breaks the Ceiling: Minimalism in Our Culture of Repetition

Yayoi Uno Everett | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Yayoi Uno Everett

How did Philip Glass shatter the ceiling of the classical music industry that had kept high art from merging with the "low" art of mass culture?

First Nighter: Nico Muhly's "Two Boys" Proves One Plus One Equals Disappointment

David Finkle | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The thing I'm bursting to tell you immediately about Two Boys is that Anne Strawson (Alice Coote), the detective inspector at the center of it, is about as dumb a cop as you'd hope to avoid on a case where you've been victimized.

Einstein on the Beach in Los Angeles

Rodney Punt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Einstein on the Beach arrived at Los Angeles's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last week like a beatific visitation from another realm.

Einstein at the Beach Was... Strange. And Long!

Jay Weston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

If anyone had told me that I would sit for 4 hours and 35 minutes through an opera without an intermission, I would have said, "No way." Yet that is...

Conversations With Mark Knopfler, James Blunt and The 5 Browns, Galen Hawthorne's Control Review, Plus Damien Escobar, Piers Faccini and Fink Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.07.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I've always been a roots enthusiast really, it's always been based around the blues and folk music, so there are large areas of influence there. I didn't just want to just make a straight blues album."

'Einstein on the Beach' Coming to L.A.Opera!

Jay Weston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On October 11, 12, and 13 the L.A. Opera is presenting a spectacular operatic event... for these three performances only, we will be able to see the final incarnation of the legendary opera, "Einstein on the Beach."

Post:Ballet's Witty 'Four Plays'

Carla Escoda | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Post:Ballet's "Four Plays", suggests we are in for an evening of lighthearted, sexy escapades. But choreographer Robert Dekkers' dances are not just landscapes of streamlined bodies making pretty shapes, but also witty social commentary.