San Francisco Symphony

And the Best is Last: András Schiff at Davies Symphony Hall

Schiff’s intense concentration in the slow beginning – not ponderous, but deliberate, taking time to deliver the maximal impact of every note – provided the perfect contrast for the technically complex, bombast section that followed.

He’s Baaaaccck: András Schiff (Review)

This could be real stagy stuff, but Schiff is too much the magician for that. Rather that forcing a dramatic overlay, he just stays centered in the notes, not anticipating, not giving anything away. The result is a frothy delight.

SF Symphony brings on Beethoven Revolution (Review)

This motiv count changed the listening experience, as it forced you to listen through the often dense texture to pick up on repetitions happening deep in the music.

Hot Time in the Summer: A Jazzy Night at SF Symphony (Review)

Jazz pianist Makoto Ozone joined the Symphony to reclaim Rhapsody in Blue back from United Airlines and a thousand dreary elevators.

Portland’s Finest: Pink Martini & The von Trapps at Davies (Review)

Going from improbable to even more so, they performed Hushabye Mountain from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” However, for all practical purposes, Dick van Dyke never saw this version. Thomas Lauderdale was right in saying that it sounded crossed with Mozart’s Requiem.

More magic: András Schiff returns to Davies

As always, András Schiff combines effortless technical excellence without sacrificing the soul of the piece. This is Baroque keyboard music at its most fulsome.

Channelling Bach: András Schiff at the SF Symphony

In a world in which piano virtuosi are becoming commonplace, Schiff consistently opens up the heart of a piece in ways that makes beginning pianists hopeful and master musicians jealous.

Mahler’s Farewell: SF Symphony does the Ninth

The second movement begins as a study in irony. This ländler was most certainly never danced by Maria and Captain Von Trapp.

Bay Area Stage: Priscilla, Goat Rodeo Sessions, Desert Cities, American Dream

What's happening around the San Francisco Bay Area including performances at SF Symphony, TheatreWorks, Aurora Theatre, SHN Orpheum, Cal Performances, Dragon Theatre.

Taking on the Titan: SF Symphony, Gil Shaham and Igor Stravinsky

Stravinsky occupies a strange place for us – not just because he’s Stravinsky, but because the great span of his life makes him so unnervingly contemporary.