Podcasts / KDFC's The State of the Arts

  • December 22, 2016

    Violinist Jennifer Koh had a great success at the Tchaikovsky International Competition when she was a teenager, including an award for the best performance of his concerto – but for a long time she’d taken a break from that repertoire. On her most recent CD, she plays the Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra, with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, and the same conductor from the finals of that long-ago competition, Alexander Vedernikov.

    Posted 12/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

  • December 21, 2016

    Donn Harris is the first-ever Executive Director of Creativity and the Arts for the San Francisco Unified School District. He’s run two arts schools, and is the chairman of the California Arts Council. He’s been brought on to finish a transition that’s been planned for a long time: the renovation and construction of their properties in the Civic Center area to house an Arts High School and Arts Center.

    Posted 12/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

  • December 20, 2016

    Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser evolved over the course of 20 years or so, as it changed from a traditional three-act opera into a new episodic streaming-video format that will be premiering this spring. Composer Lisa Bielawa and librettist Erik Ehn met at a workshop in New York City, and began writing a work about a young girl who has visions, and whose story stretches through history. For the past two years they’ve been filming it scene by scene.

    Posted 12/20/2016 12:00:15 AM

  • December 19, 2016

    On an “A to Z” edition of The State of the Arts, a look at musical Notation… which, like any writing, allows one person to transmit an idea to another without having to meet in person. A composer today can, it’s true, make a recording, or even Skype into a rehearsal and let the players or conductor know how the performance should go… But the system of notation that’s developed since the middle ages means that composer should be able to send a score off knowing it will be performed more or less as intended.

    Posted 12/19/2016 12:00:16 AM

  • December 16, 2016

    Music at Kohl Mansion welcomes the New York-based Aulos Ensemble with soloist soprano Julianne Baird for a Baroque infused Holiday Gala this Sunday evening. Executive Director Patricia Kristof Moy says the concert benefits their yearlong program called ‘Kohl for Kids’ which reaches about 7500 kids in Peninsula schools through concerts and workshops. Earlier in the afternoon, the Young Chamber Musicians program will be presenting a free concert of piano trios and string quartets in the Mansion’s library.

    Posted 12/16/2016 12:00:40 AM

  • December 15, 2016

    A concert this Saturday afternoon called Peace on Earth will include all of the choirs of the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco. Led by veteran music director Susan McMane, they’ll sing works for the season. Their premiere chorus has also just released its first recording, called ‘Rejoice’ including both familiar and new holiday works.

    Posted 12/15/2016 12:00:54 AM

  • December 14, 2016

    It’s time to start thinking about making your choices for KDFC’s Classical All-Stars… you can vote until December 31. But with so many to choose from (here’s the link to the full ballot, and you can always write-in works if your favorites are missing) maybe this little montage might remind you of a title or two you’ve forgotten.

    Posted 12/14/2016 12:00:01 AM

  • December 13, 2016

    Kneehigh Theatre returns to Berkeley Rep with a production set on the southwest English coast in the run-up to the D-Day landings, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Artistic director of Kneehigh, Emma Rice adapted the story with its author Michael Morpurgo. It explores life in a small town as it’s disrupted and changed forever by war.

    Posted 12/13/2016 12:00:45 AM

  • December 12, 2016

    Today, a re-working of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” for the Classical music lover… From Steve Reich’s Drumming, to William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices,  Haydn’s Parisian “Hen”… and beyond.

    Posted 12/12/2016 12:00:03 AM

  • December 9, 2016

    Let Us Break Bread Together,’ The annual unconventional seasonal concert by the Oakland Symphony returns this Sunday afternoon, with a mix of holiday tunes, and songs from the era of the Black Panthers, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Conductor Michael Morgan says the program brings together choirs and ensembles in new arrangements of works made famous by Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, and more.

    Posted 12/9/2016 12:00:37 AM