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Michael Strickland
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Christine Goerke gives one of the great performances in history as "Elektra" at the SF Opera.

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Elektra at SF Opera
The San Francisco Opera is presenting a very good production of Richard Strauss's shocking 1909 opera, Elektra , propelled by one of the best casts imaginable in the world, headed by Christine Goerke in the title role. The soprano is onstage from the pre-sh...

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The SF Symphony Opening Gala was a lot of fun this year.

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SF Symphony Gala 2017
An old friend, Joshua Contreras, had left a pair of Stacy Adams wingtips in our closet for the last 10 years, lost and forgotten. Last month he sent an SOS from El Paso, asking if they happened to still be in the closet, and they were. Before sending them o...

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The Sudanese-born, Brooklyn based Alsarah and the Nubatones performed last weekend outdoors in the Yerba Buena Gardens.

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Alsarah and the Nubatones
The Yerba Buena Gardens outdoor concerts all summer are an undiscovered treat, with small audiences and interesting artists from all over the world. Last Saturday featured the Sudanese-born, Brooklyn singer Alsarah performing a mixture of new and traditiona...

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The 1665 Venetian opera "La Circe" by Pietro Andrea Ziani was performed for the first time in over four centuries by Ars Minerva last weekend, and it was a musical, stylistic triumph.

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Ars Minerva's La Circe
Céline Ricci and her Ars Minerva company presented their third annual production of an obscure 17th century Venetian opera, and once again it was a musical and stylistic triumph. The piece this time was La Circe , a 1665 opera by Pietro Andrea Ziani about t...

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"Soundtracks," a set of soundscape installations on the 7th floor of SFMOMA is suprisingly fun, and Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson's one-hour, nine-screen music video "The Visitors" made me cry it's so good.

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Soundtracks at SFMOMA
A collection of arty soundscapes called Soundtracks has been installed throughout SFMOMA and has taken over the entire 7th floor of the museum. Not a fan of conceptual art installations, I visited with low expectations, and was happily surprised. Many of t...
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