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Sean Martinfield is a First-Nighter on San Francisco's cultural scene. His beat includes the opera, ballet, and symphony, along with Broadway touring companies, fine arts museum exhibits, popular film festivals, and more. He has been the cultural editor of since 2005 and more recently the Classical Music reviewer at Sean is nationally recognized as a professional singing coach and has published thousands of responses to career questions on

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Composer Steve Barta Releases CD and LP - 'Symphonic Arrangement: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio'

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:58 PM

Released July 15 on vinyl LP and CD formats, Symphonic Arrangement: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio is a breakthrough recording and a dream fulfilled. The Suite part comes from composer Claude Bolling in 1973. Its 1975 premiere recording featured Bolling on piano along with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and...

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A Profile of Soprano Christine Brewer - At the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival, 8/2

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:38 PM

On Sunday, August 2, the lucky attendants at this year's Interlochen Summer Arts Festival will hear soprano Christine Brewer perform Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Cristian Macelaru will conduct the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in this enduring American art song composed in 1947 and set to text...

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Pianist Jeffrey Biegel - New Recordings Include a Revitalized Classic on Vinyl LP

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 7:10 PM

Jeffrey Biegel is one of the busiest and most versatile pianists around. A Steinway Artist, he is both fiery champion of the classical repertoire and top pick among today's classical composers to debut their work. Jeffrey also maintains an active recording schedule -- three albums are being released this summer....

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A Profile of Sheena Easton - At Davies Symphony Hall, July 23

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 8:58 AM

Sheena Easton returns to San Francisco Symphony with conductor Edwin Outwater on Thursday, July 23 for the premiere presentation of The Spy Who Loved Me - an evening of songs and themes from the uber-popular James Bond films and other secret agent-related movies and TV programs. Joining her...

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A Conversation With Sarah Shafer - Young Soprano Shines in 'La Ciociara' at San Francisco Opera

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 4:35 PM

Soprano Sarah Shafer is currently singing the role of "Rosetta" in the world premiere of La Ciociara (Two Women) at San Francisco Opera. A co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino, the score is by Marco Tutino as well as its libretto written in collaboration with Fabio Ceresa. The...

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Philippe Sly Debuts as 'Figaro' - Now at San Francisco Opera through July 5

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 7:08 AM

Philippe Sly is making his role debut as Figaro in San Francisco Opera's current production of The Marriage of Figaro. It's a perfect harmony. As Count Almaviva's personal man servant - and also friend - Figaro is the kind of guy one expects to find in the immediate...

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An Audience With Susan Graham - Queen of Carthage in 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 8:03 PM

For mezzo-soprano Susan Graham - San Francisco Opera and the War Memorial Opera House is home. This year marks her 25th Anniversary with the company. Susan is back and currently starring as "Didon" in Hector Berlioz's 1858 epic masterpiece, Les Troyens which opened this past Sunday afternoon and...

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A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony, 6/4-6

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard appears with conductor Charles Dutoit and the San Francisco Symphony this week in Ravel's one-act comic opera, L'Heure espagnole. (The Spanish Hour). The program opens with Ravel's brief "morning song," Alborado del gracioso and concludes with Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 6:17 AM

Cellist Gautier Capuçon returns to San Francisco Symphony for five performances of Sir Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85. Conducted by Charles Dutoit, the program will run from Wednesday, May 27 through Sunday, May 31 and will include Stravinsky's Jeu de cartes (The Card Game) and Mussorgsky's...

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A Conversation With Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet -- This Week With San Francisco Symphony

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 3:49 PM

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony this week in four performances of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety. Beginning Thursday, May 7 through Sunday, May 10, the program includes Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and features soprano Susanna Phillips in...

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Helgi Tomasson on His 'Romeo and Juliet' - An Anniversary at San Francisco Ballet

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 1:02 PM

San Francisco Ballet finishes its programs at the War Memorial Opera House with eleven performances of Helgi Tomasson's Romeo and Juliet beginning Friday, May 1 and concluding Sunday, May 10. The entire season has been a glamorous and artistic triumph for the Company and a stunning tribute for...

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Cellist Zuill Bailey - On Nico Muhly and Ernest Bloch

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 7:07 PM

Cellist Zuill Bailey's latest recording, Muhly & Bloch, combines the world premiere recording of Nico Muhly's Cello Concerto with Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Three Jewish Poems. Jun Märkl conducted the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in this live recording taken from concerts held at the Hilbert Circle Theater, Indianapolis. Released...

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In Conversation With Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan -- San Francisco Ballet's 'Shostakovich'

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 5:05 PM

San Francisco Ballet's Program 6, Shostakovich Trilogy, opens Wednesday, April 8 and will run for seven performances through Sunday, April 19. A major hit of the 2014 season, the triptych choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky is set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9, Chamber Symphony in C minor, and...

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A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:22 PM

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. Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, the production was a much-welcomed fix. Sleeping...

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 6:46 PM

Principal Dancer Luke Ingham delivered a spectacular performance in San Francisco Ballet's opening night presentation of Liam Scarlett's Hummingbird. Part of Program 4, it shares a double-bill with Jerome Robbins' 1969 classic, Dances at a Gathering and runs through March 8. Luke is teamed with Principal Dancer Yuan...

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Anne-Sophie Mutter - A Profile of the Artist

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 6:50 PM

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for three performances of Brahms's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 on February 26-28 at 8:00. The March 1 performance at 2:00 will feature her protégé, Ye-Eun Choi, a recipient of the

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A Conversation With Pianist Hélène Grimaud -- At Davies Symphony Hall, 2/15-16

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Pianist Hélène Grimaud returns to Davies Symphony Hall on February 15 and 16 with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. The Sunday concert begins at 7 p.m. and features Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. On Monday night at 8 p.m., the program opens with...

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A Profile of Choreographer Val Caniparoli -- 20th Anniversaries for 'Lambarena' and 'Lady of the Camellias'

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:51 AM

This season marks the 20th Anniversary of choreographer Val Caniparoli's immensely popular ballet, Lambarena. The work was created in 1995 for San Francisco Ballet and - at the heart of its inspirational force - Principal Dancer Evelyn Cisneros. Lambarena is a part of Program 1 at SFBallet which...

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In Conversation With Debby Boone - Coming to Davies Hall

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 1:58 PM

This Sunday, December 7, Michael Feinstein and Debby Boone welcome the holiday season at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. Under the musical direction of John Oddo, Michael and Debby will perform a variety of holiday favorites, classics from the American Songbook, and selections by Irving Berlin from the 1954 film,...

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Tenor Michael Fabiano: On La Bohème, Now at San Francisco Opera

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 9:12 AM

Tenor Michael Fabiano is superb as Rodolfo in San Francisco Opera's current presentation of La Bohème. Already acclaimed for his command of the role, Fabiano's dynamic range, musical finesse and passionate energy shine in this exciting co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company. This final entry of SFOpera's...

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