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Classical Music, Theater, Dance
The life of a zine is about a minute
---San Francisco Chronicle headline.
But clearly, they weren't talking about the arts-review 'zine artsSF.com!
Welcome to the SEVENTEENTH
good-luck season underway at
www.artsSF.com, the independent, non-commercial observer-critic of
the arts, your best source in the San Francisco Bay Area for reviews.
With weekly reviews on WHAT'S NEW on the arts scene: Modern music (non-commercial), premieres, theater reviews, dance, rarities, and, at times, new-book reviews involving Northern California authors or themes. On occasion, even a review or two from far-off lands. Also some reports from the major symphonic, chamber and operatic concerts, all emphasizing new or modern creativity.
Read the reviews first on artssf.com. Reports are compiled by veteran Bay Area critics Paul Hertelendy, D. Rane Danubian, Carol Benet, V.I. Hambleton, J. Charles, Georgia Rowe, Alix Schwartz, Karl Toepfer et al in a vast (?) staff of good (very good!) collaborators. Then there's our secret-weapon time machine: roving critic Steven Emanuel, who scouts theater, thespians, books and other themes in varied bailiwicks, anticipating hits that may land in Northern California before long.
The 16th season had featured more than 100 reviews in toto from the above contributors---113, to be exact. The Greater S.F. Bay Area remains a bellwether in new works and modern approaches, as stimulating as ever, fed by an audience thirsty for the fresh, novel and profound. Most reviews appear within 24 hours after a performance..
CURRENT REVIEWS and news follow, starting with the most recent :
-- (SYMPHONY) One of the S.F. Symphony's best nights of all, rendering compelling Bartok and Mozart.
-- (DANCE) Smuin Ballet explores many genres including some pop culture, following the late Michael Smuin's lead.
-- (SYMPHONY) Oakland in a rousing concert version of Bernstein's 'Candide.'
-- (CHORUS) Pandora of myth takes center stage in Volti's novel choral theater-piece.
-- (SYMPHONY) Feliciutous pairing & inspired playing of Mahler's
Fourth with Bernstein's Second, at S.F. Symphony.
-- (DANCE) Under Mikko Nissinen, the Boston Ballet is a first-class company.
-- (SYMPHONY) During the Boston Symphony's interregnum, Bernard Haitink takes the podium.
-- (SYMPHONY) Monteverdi's 'Orfeo' in semi-staged version on tour from London, with J.E. Gardiner.
-- (DANCE) The arresting Ailey Co. wrestles with its past and present.
-- (DANCE) The long, long creative thread of Paul Taylor, back again in San Francisco.
-- (THEATER) Berkeley Rep stages "Head of Passes."
Earlier reviews include:
-- (THEATER) African-American themes dominate, ACT doing "Let There Be Love."
-- (BALLET) Possokhov's new "Swimmer" for S.F. Ballet raises the bar in visual-techno-enhancement.
-- (CHAMBER MUSIC) Can percussion cohabit with a string quartet? Kapucsinski's premiere offers a clever solution.
-- (THEATER) A revised version of "Tartuffe" at center stage at Berkeley Rep.
-- (SYMPHONY) Composer John Adams' newly premiered dramatic symphony traces new directions in his large oeuvre. (In NYC.)
-- (SYMPHONY) The Santa Cruz Symphony under new 2nd-year leadership brings off an ambitious multicultural program.
-- (SYMPHONY) Pass the piroshki! All-Russian program in Santa Rosa, with a pair of concertos.
-- (SYMPHONY) Symphony Silicon Valley reverberates with all-Shostakovich program (quite saxy!).
-- (BALLET) Chicago's Joffrey Ballet is ultra-modern, cherry-picking former Bay Area talents.
-- (CHAMBER MUSIC) String quartets abound in the Bay Area as they play Dvorak and Erwin Schulhoff in a Czech-Bohemian program.
-- (NEW MUSIC) The new-music series SoundBox continues, with multimedia, videos and turn-away crowds.
-- (SYMPHONY) The English touch at the S.F. Symphony, with a composer-conductor's brilliantly conceived program.
-- (SYMPHONY) Struggles with Brahms Violin Concerto: Ms. Mutter possibly indisposed. And those overachieving trumpets!
-- (SYMPHONY) Jake Heggie's formidable new song cycle on the sculptor Camille Claudel waxes operatic at Berkeley Symphony.
-- (BALLET) An amazingly bright exercise in darkness from a precocious new choreographer at the S.F. Ballet.
-- (NEW MUSIC) Hot and cold new music in Berkeley, capped by Ken Ueno's mini-concerto 'Zetsu.'
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Also, prominent West Coast entertainment writers have their own (rival!) web site now, featuring fresh columns on an almost-daily basis. Check out links.
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