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Johann Sebastian Bach

A Conversation With Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's fourth presentation in the 2014/15 season is Handel's hit from 1730, Partenope. Directed by Christopher Alden, the production debuted in 2008 and is a joint effort with the English National Opera and Opera Australia.

A Conversation With Organist Paul Jacobs -- This Week at Davies Hall

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.15.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Bay Area fans of organ concerts feel a sense of celebration whenever Paul Jacobs is in town. The best of The Best is back. This coming Sunday afternoon at Davies Symphony Hall, Mr. Jacobs will be working the magnificent Ruffatti organ.

Fab Phils Lusty Rite

Lew Whittington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

2013 marked the centenary of the premiere of the The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du Printemp) the ballet score by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky that caused a riot in its Paris premiere.

The Sounds of Saturn and Other Space Oddities

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Science
Michael Sigman

My friend and neighbor Robert, a former NASA engineer with a super-powerful 1961 Questar telescope (140x) in his backyard, showed me Saturn the other...

Organist Paul Jacobs -- Grammy Award Winner, Teacher and Judge

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

In 2011, the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) went to organist Paul Jacobs.

Van Buuren and Bach on a Rave

Marten Weber | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

I discovered trance by accident. I was at a bar with some friends, and "Intense" came on. The violin caught my attention, and it suddenly hit me: This is the structure of a baroque concerto. Bach's music and van Buuren's trance compositions are essentially the same thing.

András Schiff Plays Bach at Lincoln Center

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Fifty-nine-year-old Schiff, who always starts his mornings with an hour of Bach (even before breakfast) admitted that the composer probably had no idea anyone would ever play all six of these suites in one concert.

Pianist András Schiff on the 'Bach Project in North America'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.16.2012 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

On Sunday, world renowned pianist András Schiff returns to San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall to play Book II of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.

The Gift of Music -- My "Fifty @ Fifty" List

Albert Imperato | Posted 08.29.2012 | Arts
Albert Imperato

Not quite sure how it happened, but I'm turning fifty years old in a couple of days. Time sure does fly. To mark these double occasions, I've put together a list of 50 classical music recordings, arranged alphabetically by composer, that have given me particular pleasure over the years.

I Challenge Verizon to a Public Debate: Piano Optional

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.31.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

While the executive director for corporate communications at Verizon claims that I've been doing variations on a theme, it would seem that I've been creating whole symphonies of new findings.

First Nighter: The Great Barbara Carroll Even Greater at the Algonquin's Oak Room

David Finkle | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.

The Music That Roots 'Tree Of Life'

latimes.com | Posted 09.04.2011 | Arts

In an early scene in "The Tree of Life," the new movie by Terrence Malick, an authoritarian patriarch played by Brad Pitt disrupts a family dinner to ...