San Francisco Symphony

Program Magic: Yefim Bronfman at the SF Symphony

Almost every classical music fan talks about listening, what they hear, what they’re afraid they might have missed, and what came through with their new speakers.

She’s back! China Forbes and Pink Martini

If clarinet were a religion, the 95-year-old Mr. Leyden won more converts than any evangelical.

Bay Area Stage: Pink Martini at SF Symphony, ‘Carol’ at SJ Rep, ‘Pal Joey’ at 42nd Street Moon, ‘Big River’ at TheatreWorks

On stage at San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Rep, 42nd Street Moon, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. "Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good." ― Terrence Mann

Exuberant and Colorful: The SF Symphony Youth Orchestra

Boisset tendered a performance that became more fluid and supple with every passing measure, as he threw off riffs picked up by the orchestra, and vice versa.

Lang Lang, Elvis, and the San Francisco Symphony

Any pianist - and any critic who thinks seriously about classical music – has to wrap his or her mind around the phenom that is Lang Lang. Is this guy the Elvis of classical music, as some insist?

San Francisco Symphony: Channelling Bach, Schiff brings out the best of us

Bach’s Prelude in C Major from Book I of the Well Tempered Clavier might be the classical equivalent of Stairway to Heaven.

András Schiff: In Residency at San Francisco Symphony (Verdict: A Gem)

The two main foci of all three movements of this concerto were: (1) Schiff the soloist; and (2) Schiff and the symphony playing together. While two centers (soloist and orchestra) are the very definition of a concerto, last night the focus was on how gently Schiff the soloist seemed to make room for the orchestra to join him.

San Francisco Black & White Ball featuring The Wallflowers, Janelle Monáe, Cyndi Lauper

Let me tell you: this one went to eleven. Watch as The Wallflowers, Janelle Monáe, and Cyndi Lauper perform in San Francisco.

The Steve Silver Foundation announces Scholarship for the Arts winners

The evening opened with a mash-up of “Let Me Be Your Star” from the TV show “Smash”

Janelle Monáe astounds San Francisco audience

The performance, which featured a stellar in-house strings and horns section, robot shades, a Jackson 5 tribute, stunning dance moves, and a dash of James Bond, is not likely to be forgotten any time soon.