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Chopin

Monsieur Chopin, Alive and in Concert at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

You don't have to be a classical music lover to enjoy this show, though it's hard to see how you could depart inured to Chopin's glorious music.

A Conversation With Maestro James Conlon

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.21.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Beginning Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, San Francisco Symphony presents an extraordinary combination of masterworks conducted by James Conlon.

Study Indicates That Sad Songs Say So Much (Even More Than You Think)

Susan Cain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan Cain

As a minor key kind of gal, I often wonder: Why does sad music make me feel so happy? Why do I feel so thrilled when Jacques Brel sings of abandonment? Why do I prefer my Chopin in C sharp minor? Why do I love Leonard Cohen so much?

Here's Proof That 20 Minutes A Day Can Change Your Life

The Huffington Post | Gregory Beyer | Posted 10.14.2013 | Books

In 1995, when he was in his early 40s, Alan Rusbridger became editor of the Guardian. Since then, he’s steered the paper through the WikiLeaks revel...

From Starlet to Stage Frightened Target

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Ombretta Di Dio

From being Baby Jesus in the live reenactment of the nativity in pre-school, to representing an essential component of a ribbon number in a gymnastics sketch a few years later, I always managed to get the best part -- as well as the hate of every single classmate.

A Different Time: A Conversation With John Medeski, Chatting With 2Cellos, and Thom Chacon's "Chasing The Pain" Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.14.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Singer-songwriter Thom Chacon has elevated his poignant Americana sound alongside that of John Prine, Willie Nelson and Guy Clark, to name but three. Like Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl ballads, Chacon's characters face hard times and desperation.

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.

Daniil Trifonov's Carnegie Hall Debut Recital

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

On February 5, twenty-one year old Daniil Trifonov had two monumental milestones in one day -- his Carnegie hall recital debut, and major classical label Deutsche Grammophon recording it live to release as an album later this year.

What Was Your Gateway Drug Into Classical Music?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Patke | Posted 07.27.2012 | Home

There seem to be fewer and fewer "classical music people" in the world, but we like to think there's still a number of you out and about. Some classic...

Highlights This Week: Liz, Royals & Mormons

The Huffington Post | Melinda Brocka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

From the loss of legend Liz Taylor to the sustainability of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architecture, from the creation of architectural supermodels t...

Root Canal With Chopin

Howard Kissel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

I have one more session of root canal. I have no fear, only an eagerness for more musical discovery.

The Musical Beauty of Zakopane

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Poland is a land of incomparably rich classical music traditions, and On The Heights highlighted them in great and dramatic detail.

Breaking News: Lang Lang Will Stick With Piano

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Already a legend for his Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad with the San Francisco Symphony, Lang Lang is announcing the release of Version 2.0 of his best-selling iPad-only app, Magic Piano.

Chopin's Endless Fascination -- Between Heaven and Earth

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Alan Elsner

Lately, perhaps because it's the bicentenary of his birth, I've been listening to a lot of Chopin and trying to figure out what it is about his music ...

Abu Dhabi Arts Festival Celebrates Frederic Chopin's 200th Birthday!

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Richard Z. Chesnoff

Even sad faced Frederic Chopin would have smiled if he knew that one of the biggest bashes being thrown in honor of his birthday bicentennial takes ...

That "St. Judy's Comet" Kid: A Dinner Conversation With Harper Simon

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Last year, harper Simon independently released an excellent solo debut that established him as one of the best new singer-songwriters in the genre.

Young Korean-American Hahn-Bin Wows Carnegie Hall In Debut Performance

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Was it a deal with the devil that made this young Korean-American superstar become so incredibly talented? Was it the training from Itzhak Perlman? No explanation suffices.