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Rapturous soprano Panthaki helps Philharmonia’s ‘Joseph’ take flight

The opening performance of Handel’s oratorio “Joseph and his Brethren” by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra was cruising through its third hour and heading for home, a beautifully rendered collection of arias and [Read entire story]

The Kronos Quartet’s inventive ringleader takes center stage

The Kronos Quartet is a collaborative endeavor, but no rational observer could miss the fact that the group’s character — its restless sense of adventure, its stylistic breadth — reflects the imprint of founding [Read entire story]

Seasonal sounds from Eastern Europe and beyond

With its 2003 album, “Wintersongs,” the women’s chorus Kitka explored a repertoire of music suited for the colder parts of the year (assuming you don’t live in California, that is). It featured Christmas and [Read entire story]

Plenty of operatic talent at Adler Showcase, but few sparks

The amount of sheer vocal talent on offer among the San Francisco Opera Center’s current crop of Adler Fellows has never been in doubt. This is a formidable collection of stars in the making and, well, stars already [Read entire story]

Plenty of operatic talent at Adler Showcase, but few sparks

The amount of sheer vocal talent on offer among the San Francisco Opera Center’s current crop of Adler Fellows has never been in doubt. This is a formidable collection of stars in the making and, well, stars already [Read entire story]

Conrad Tao, a piano prodigy grown up, dazzles in Berkeley

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the good folks at Lincoln Center tagged the 23-year-old piano virtuoso Conrad Tao as one of a group of upcoming musical artists worthy of recognition and support. That night, Tao came to UC [Read entire story]

New works and keyboard wizardry on tap in Berkeley

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Bill Murray and Jan Vogler make strange bedfellows

There are unpredictable cultural mashups, and then there are true extravaganzas like the combo platter of Bill Murray and Jan Vogler. The iconic American comedian and the adventurous German cellist happened to cross [Read entire story]

David Hockney receives S.F. Opera’s highest award

The artist and designer David Hockney (above center) takes a bow after the matinee performance of Puccini’s “Turandot” — for which he designed the physical production — on Sunday, Dec. 3, at the San Francisco [Read entire story]

In Berkeley, tenor tackles German greats with just the right amount of drama

It’s not too often that you get to hear a full-on Wagnerian blowout in an intimate 700-seat concert hall. But there was tenor Simon O’Neill on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 3, threatening to blast the rafters off of [Read entire story]

Claire Chase unveils a gleeful collection of new music for flute

No kid on Christmas morning ever unwrapped her presents with more infectious glee than flutist Claire Chase displayed during her mostly solo performance marathon in Berkeley on Saturday, Dec. 2. The difference is that [Read entire story]

‘The Little Prince’ brings opera to the younger set

Operas designed expressly for children are a rare enough commodity that every example of the genre deserves a warm welcome. In the case of “The Little Prince,” Rachel Portman’s 2003 adaptation of Antoine de [Read entire story]

Sol3 Mio to bring holiday fun from the Pacific

Even before they arrived in San Francisco as Adler Fellows with the San Francisco Opera, the Pati brothers, Pene and Amitai, were already musical stars in their native New Zealand. The two Samoan tenors — together with [Read entire story]

A flute virtuoso’s musical marathon

Claire Chase was a junior high flute student the first time she heard “Density 21.5,” Edgard Varèse’s 1936 modernist landmark for solo flute. To say it had an impact on her would be an understatement. [Read entire story]

Symphony gives a warm nuzzle with Mahler

Sometime last week, Michael Tilson Thomas posted a picture on his Twitter feed of himself at rest on a shag carpet, surrounded by the score of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and two impossibly snuggly poodles. But the full [Read entire story]

With ‘Girls,’ S.F. Opera pans for gold and comes up empty

Imagine being on the receiving end of a Thanksgiving dinner monologue by a veteran of an earlier era — let’s say Grandpa Abe from “The Simpsons.” His stories about life in the old days meander on and on, full of [Read entire story]

Stemme headlines a glorious ‘Turandot’ revival at SF Opera

Anyone who missed the San Francisco Opera’s season-opening production of “Turandot” in September can now officially quit bawling about it. Puccini’s grand, chilly exercise in bloodthirsty pageantry returned to [Read entire story]

On its birthday, Del Sol Quartet shares the stage

Everyone knows that when you hit a landmark birthday, it’s fun to throw yourself a big party. Not everyone realizes how gracious it can be on such occasions to share the spotlight with someone else. [Read entire story]

Del Sol String Quartet celebrates a quarter century

Since its founding in 1992, San Francisco’s Del Sol String Quartet has been among the most tireless and innovative champions of contemporary music — expanding the repertoire with new commissions and undertaking to [Read entire story]

Orchestral makeover of Bob Dylan’s work performed by Redwood Symphony

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