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San Francisco Conservatory of Music

To Be Young, Gifted and a Classical Musician

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some writers like to reflect on modern history from the distance of a decade or a generation. Others prefer 25 or 50 years as appropriate reference points. Very few stop to think about how our lives have changed over the most recent third of a century.

They Left Their Hearts in San Francisco

George Heymont | Posted 09.12.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Coming up at this month's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is a wonderful new documentary entitled American Jerusalem which details the history of the Jews who helped to build San Francisco (from the days of the California Gold Rush and up to the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition).

Learning From the Masters

George Heymont | Posted 05.09.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

If you want to see an example of creativity as "intelligence having fun," watch the opening sequence from 1920's The Scarecrow as the 5'6" Buster Keaton and 6'3" Joe Roberts sit down to one of the most elaborately choreographed breakfasts you will ever see in your life.

Take Me to Your Leader

George Heymont | Posted 02.05.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Most audiences for major symphony orchestras are accustomed to guest conductors appearing on the podium at various times during the year. It's assumed that while new faces may come and go, the basic orchestra remains intact. That's not the case at music conservatories.

To Preserve and Protect

George Heymont | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Many professional musicians who give of their time to conduct master classes for young opera singers have a vested interest in passing on the knowledge they have acquired in the course of their own performing careers.