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Conductor Lionel Bringuier on His Debut With San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.07.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

From a very early age, even before he was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris as a cellist, Lionel Bringuier has been recognized as someone who just gets it.

Sy Smith: Just the Thought of You

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Hands down, it was the most dazzling performance by a female vocalist during the Symphony's 2013 Season.

Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke: Unmasked at SF Symphony's Masquerade Ball

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I would run into people in my neighborhood, colleagues, singers who - when you mention Mary Magdalene - have a very strong reaction or an immediate idea.

Penelope Sudrow: A Wandering Waif With a Hint of Noblesse Oblige

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 02.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

I met Penelope Sudrow at a backyard party in the Silver Lake home of my actor friend Lee Boek, who runs Public Works Improvisational Theater.

Singin' in the Rain at SF Symphony

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 01.31.2014 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

It's one thing for an orchestra to accompany a silent film. It is something else all together for an orchestra to accompany a sound film, let alone a musical. That's the challenge the San Francisco Symphony will face when the world renown orchestra accompanies the classic musical, Singin' in the Rain.

A Conversation With Pianist Jeremy Denk - at San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

For Jeremy Denk, the tour comes at a most auspicious time. Just weeks ago he was selected for the MacArthur Fellowship. To know the artistry of Jeremy Denk is to understand the principle of the Fellowship.

Joshua Gersen Conducts the San Francisco Symphony in Screenings of Hitchcock Classics

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"It's just me and the clock. It's up to me to keep the pulse going. The musicians don't know how far off or ahead they may be at any given time. The burden is on the conductor to make sure everything is lining up correctly."

Music to Murder By: San Francisco Symphony Screens Hitchcock

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Hailed as a master of suspense, Hitchcock was also a master in the use of music. The celebrated director knew music could convey emotion in ways images could not.

Organist Todd Wilson Plays The Lodger (1927) at Davies Symphony Hall, Halloween Night

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Keeping up with its very popular Halloween tradition, San Francisco Symphony presents Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 silent screen thriller, The Lodger, Thursday, October 31.

A Conversation With Soprano Alexandra Silber -- This week at Feinstein's, 10/11-12

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.07.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

When I talked to Alexandra last June, she was preparing for her debut with San Francisco Symphony. The occasion was a series of five performances of West Side Story.

My Bay Area Falls Arts Preview (Next Three Weeks)

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

In San Francisco, tradition has it that the fall arts season begins with the gala opening nights of the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera.

Audra McDonald Joins San Francisco Symphony in Opening Night Gala

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.03.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Symphony begins its 102nd season on Tuesday, September 3, at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. This year's special guest artist is the incomparable five-time Tony Award winning soprano Audra McDonald.

Introducing Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber as San Francisco Symphony's Tony & Maria in West Side Story

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

"it's a timeless story. Different classes, different backgrounds all of that stuff rings true and always will. And the fact that I'm going to be representing Tony for a lot of folks is not lost on me."

San Francisco Symphony Strikes

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.14.2013 | Arts

Musicians at the San Francisco Symphony have gone on strike this week, canceling at least one performance and casting doubt on their scheduled Carnegi...

STRIKE?

Hannah Bricker | Posted 03.12.2013 | San Francisco

San Francisco's classical musicians may soon be preparing their own swan song. The SF Symphony unanimously voted to strike next week if contract di...

Pablo Heras-Casado Leads SF Symphony in West Coast Premiere of Magnus Lindberg's EXPO

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.17.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado returns to San Francisco Symphony this week for four performances beginning Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. The program begins with the West Coast premiere of Magnus Lindberg's EXPO, a piece that was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic.

Robin Wilkey

WATCH: San Francisco Symphony Wins Grammy Award!

HuffingtonPost.com | Robin Wilkey | Posted 02.11.2013 | San Francisco

The San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for a live recordin...

Film Director Luis Valdez on Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Luis Valdez -- film director, writer, playwright and founder of El Teatro Campesino -- will be appearing at Davies Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, November 3rd in the annual concert celebrating Día de los Muertos.

PHOTOS: Stars Come Out For San Francisco Symphony Gala

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.24.2012 | San Francisco

The San Francisco Symphony celebrated its 101st year at a star-studded gala last week with a crowd that featured Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, May...

PHOTOS: SF Gets Ready For The Social Event Of The Season

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.17.2012 | San Francisco

It's September, which means it's opening season in San Francisco. And this Wednesday, the San Francisco Symphony will welcome a second century with on...

The Wizard of Oz Meets the San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

The film will be screened in High Definition and -- NO! -- this is not the sing-along version. It is as close as we'll ever get to actually being with Herbert Stothart and to his experience of matching music with action.

SF's Swankiest Party Hits This Weekend

Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.30.2012 | San Francisco

Fact: Everything is better when done wearing a tuxedo. Think about James Bond. How much less awesome would James Bond be if he saved the world in a...

David Kennard: 40 Years of Nonfiction Hits

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Terence Clarke

Kennard has just finished writing, producing and directing a remarkable series of films for PBS titled Keeping Score. Each film features a single major piece by a particular composer.

PHOTOS: Stern Grove Festival 2012 Lineup Revealed

Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.02.2012 | San Francisco

Over the course of the past 75 years, the Stern Grove Festival has grown to become one of the most prototypically San Francisco events in the city. ...

WATCH: Happy 100th Birthday, San Francisco Symphony!

Carly Schwartz | Posted 12.08.2011 | San Francisco

Back in September, we were thrilled to bring you the lavish gowns and star-studded red carpet as the San Francisco Symphony marked the opening of its ...