San Francisco Symphony

Janelle Monáe shines again

That I had goose bumps yet again after a Janelle Monáe performance probably tells me everything I need to know.

Janelle Monáe to perform at San Francisco gala

Janelle Monáe's duet with the band Fun ("We Are Young") was a smash hit last year reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Going Strong: Judy Collins at the SF Symphony

Curiously, her high registers were perfectly intact, lending themselves to note-perfect performances of old standards such as Marieke, Marieke and Some Day Soon that were indistinguishable from performances of forty years ago.

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.