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Disillusionment at the Ancestral Court

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Lionel Rolfe

Now I stood in the foyer of 790, behind the heavy entrance doors, uncomfortable because I could be naught but a stranger to the bearded Jews chanting in the next room with a passionate, melodic, electric hum that I recognized.

When Silence Gives the Opera Meaning

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts
Henriette Lazaridis

It's a marvel to me that the moment I would consider the opera's most powerful -- indeed, the moment in which the underlying seriousness of this seemingly comic fluff reveals itself -- comes in silence.

Songs From the Big Chair Gets Supersized: Chats with TFF's Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith, Lloyd Cole and Lang Lang...Plus!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.07.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Songs From The Big Chair celebrated across six discs. How did all this material come together?

Gustavo Dudamel Will Conduct His First Ever Complete Beethoven Symphonies Cycle, July 8-12, 2015, in Bogotá

Laurence Vittes | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Since its opening five years ago, this vast arts complex has fulfilled the mission of the Santo Domingo family who imagined and built it, and the vision of Ramiro Osorio who directs it.

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.

Lili Haydn's Exquisitely Brilliant New CD "Lililand:" A Journey For Your Heart, Soul And Mind As Well As Your Ears

Ira Israel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

Lili Haydn and I are "old school" and thus after our last chance meeting we exchanged our latest creations.

An Entrepreneur and God Walk Into a Café ...

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.11.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

"I don't believe in you," says the entrepreneur. "I just want to make that clear." "Okay," God says. "But in the interests of transparency, I think you should know that I believe in you." They order their coffees in ceramic cups to avoid adding to the landfill.

Forbidden Love in Salzburg, Austria

Betsy Talbot | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Betsy Talbot

We left Salzburg with the reminder that "no" isn't a final answer when it comes to love, thanks to Archbishop Wolf Dietrich and Salome Alt. Creative couples will always find a way to be together, and passionate people will always find a way to continue their life's work.

The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

Still Edgy After All These Years: Jacaranda Music's First Decade

Rodney Punt | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts
Rodney Punt

It's hard to imagine the Southern California music scene without Jacaranda's "Music at the Edge of Santa Monica" shaping and defining it.

The Magic of Mark Morris' Acis and Galatea

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Mark Morris gets Handel like no one else gets him: He crafted a towering piece of dance architecture in L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and now Acis and Galatea (the jazzed-up Mozart arrangement) gets the witty and lightly absurdist Morris treatment.

From the Score to the Stage: Opera Behind the Scenes

Rodney Punt | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Rodney Punt

In this large, richly illustrated book (pictured above), written in lucid and accessible prose, Baker, a former dramaturge and stage director himself, lifts the veil from behind the scenes of opera.

Brilliant People's Schedules: The Real Story for Women Writers

Anna Leahy | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven't had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week.

20 Classical Music Names You Are Probably Pronouncing Wrong

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.22.2014 | Arts

Everybody wants to be a classical music connoisseur. But when it comes down to it, it's not only difficult to grasp the style and sound of the world's...

The Brilliance of Bach Remains Relevant

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Rizwan A. Rahmani

He loves Bach's music so much that he often fantasizes about meeting him, learning to play organ with him, and substituting his current babysitter-slash-piano coach (a fellow pianist who thinks Bach is the greatest) with Bach himself.

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.

Dare to Be 100: Happy Birthday, Wolfgang

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

How much human potential is lost by dying too soon? If Mozart were alive today he would not die so prematurely, but hopefully have decades of future glories left in his pen.

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.

Review: The Magic Flute at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 02.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

It uses the latest in projection technology to create a series of whimsical animated tableau that mix 1920s silent-movie kitsch with greeting card silliness and Nightmare-Before-Christmas pop-art.

Pacific Northwest Ballet in the Sensational Kylián + Pite

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Few programs explore the power of ballet to depict the human condition and the inhuman condition as beguilingly as Pacific Northwest Ballet's current offering of three modern classics by Jiří Kylián, brilliantly paired with Emergence, Crystal Pite's spine-chilling parable of a sci-fi insect kingdom.

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.

What Mozart Said on His Way to the Airport at Montréal

Laurence Vittes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

In Montréal, a city of music as Paris is a city of light, the Montréal Symphony has survived organizational scrapes to once again become one of the most exciting orchestras in the world.

Talking about Art is like Dancing about Architecture

Edward Goldman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Renowned performance artist, Laurie Anderson, famously said that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. Every time I go on the air ...

Mozart Rediscovered at Moritzburg Music Festival's Night in Dresden

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.06.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Throwing caution to the wind on a moonlit, windswept Friday night, Moritzburg Festival Director Jan Vogler served up a menu of music and musical tastes that went from one delicious, confounding experience to another.

Olga Peretyatko: A Nightingale Soars Among the Stars

Simon Hewitt | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

An impish, witty, self-deprecating girl with twinkling hazelnut eyes is sending gusts of fresh air whooshing through the opera world. Her flight to the top has been a libretto in its own right.