Robert Schwartz, Solo Piano

Solo piano recitals aren't that frequent even in a fairly sophisticated town like San Francisco. Sure, we have them at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and high profile international pianists presented by SF Performances. But the only real venue for pianists both well-known and up-and -coming is at Old  ...

My Mañana Comes

Yes, you can count on the Fountain Theatre to offer well produced and directed plays with top notch actors. Of all the many equity waiver theaters in and around Los Angeles, The Fountain is perhaps the most consistent. If there is a message –more often than not, there  ...

Elixir of Love

Opera Philadelphia closed their 2015-16 season with a new production of Donizetti’s "The Elixir of Love," an unwavering favorite with audiences, despite its more vaporous musical merits. Conductor Corrado Rovaris commented in the program notes that musically, the opera is just as much about melancholy as it is  ...

Malpaso Dance Company

Seeing Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company is like watching a newborn foal rise on spindly legs to find its footing. Young in both longevity and the age of its dancers, Malpaso is making a revolution within a revolution in Cuba, and winning hemispheric support in the process. Its founding members  ...

Onegin

John Cranko’s “Onegin,” closed a banner San Francisco Ballet season, with feature roles danced by a cast both new and old— or as a Girl Scout might put it, “One is silver and the other’s gold.” Cranko’s corps de ballet choreography is resplendent, not for its wow factor,  ...

Treasure Island

Someone is singing a sea chantey as the deck slowly rocks beneath the sailors’ feet. A properly-brought-up young English lad lad gazes in wonderment at the strange sights — a parrot perched on a pirate’s shoulder, palm trees swaying in the wind, a skeleton swinging suddenly down from a  ...

The Lighthouse

Most operas begin with an overture. Peter Maxwell Davies’ “The Lighthouse” opens with an interrogation, a police investigation surrounding the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse-keepers stuck for months on a lonely rock in the middle of a stormy sea. Asking the questions is a deep insistent horn. Answering  ...

What Happened To The Music?

To cope with internet overload, we allow algorithms to sift through and feed us bits and pieces to match our tastes or cosmetically enhanced anchormen (and anchorwomen) to spoon up headlines to the tune of tone-deaf sponsors. All this through a multi-tasking world, where a generation pays half attention to  ...