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  • Music review: San Francisco Symphony's John Cage 'Song Books'

     
    Mark Swed reviews the San Francisco Symphony's miraculous American Mavericks celebration, which included a sublime performance of John Cage's "Song Books" with Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk and, believe it or not, Jessye Norman.
  • Music review: John Adams' 'Absolute Jest' in San Francisco

     
    Mark Swed reviews the San Francisco Symphony premiere of John Adams' Beethoven-obsessed "Absolute Jest."

    The accordion holds a lofty place

    The accordion holds a lofty place
    MOST people think of the accordion, if they think of it at all, as a social instrument, wheezing out polkas and folk tunes. The sound of it brings to mind French cafes, Mexican plazas, German beer gardens, Argentine nightclubs. Nick Ariondo, perhaps the...

    The formative tunes of Bramwell Tovey

     
    What piece of music changed conductor Bramwell Tovey's life? Of course the born storyteller, whom I profile on the occasion of his return to the Hollywood Bowl this month, couldn't answer with a simple list.Let me put it this way,...

    'Music Makes a City': A film about a little orchestra that could

     
    In "Music Makes a City," a feature-length documentary opening on Friday, co-directors Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler offer a stirring antidote to all the negative news about struggling American orchestras. The documentary tells the dramatic and...