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Mark MacNamara

Mark MacNamara, a San Francisco-based journalist, has written for such publications as Nautilus, Salon, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in ArtsJournal.com.  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast, an essay on classical music in the age of Ultra-Nationalism and a profile of sound composer Pamela Z. MacNamara recently won first place in digital features, in the 2017 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website: macnamband.com.

 

Articles by this Author

Feature Article
June 12, 2012

It’s a tale for our times, though not an uplifting one. In the end, no one would or could do what was necessary to save a local professional orchestra.

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Upcoming Concert
May 1, 2012

The rip-roaring days of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast come alive, courtesy of the S.F. Symphony.

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Feature Article
April 26, 2012

Rob Kapilow’s new piece for the Marin Symphony contemplates the Golden Gate Bridge, sound by sound, note by note.

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Feature Article
February 28, 2012

The Sphinx Organization is having slow but steady success in introducing classical music to underserved African-Americans and Latinos, and in the process is helping to further integrate American orchestras.

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Upcoming Concert
January 16, 2012

A much-lauded quartet soldiers on with two substitute players, due to a birth in the string family.

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Feature Article
December 16, 2011

An uproar over the nonrenewal of an artistic director’s contract brings out sharp divisions in how to define success at one of the most successful youth choruses in the world.

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Upcoming Concert
December 14, 2011

Want to know the secrets of Olivier Messiaen’s music? Ask organist Jonathan Dimmock, who plays one of the composer’s greatest works this month.

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Feature Article
November 29, 2011

Farewell to Montserrat Figueras, a great singer whom Bay Area audiences will long remember.

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Feature Article
October 24, 2011

The latest test to U.S. copyright law before the Supreme Court affects a wide range of “little guys.” What will the impact be for classical music stakeholders?

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Feature Article
September 17, 2011

The Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of one provision of recent U.S. copyright law. In Part 1 of SFCV’s special report, we take a look at the issues, the history, and the important implications for musicians.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 19, 2011

Children’s lives can be transformed at the annual Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances in Berkeley. Years later, careers may even bloom out of the intensive experience.

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Feature Article
July 4, 2011

As Paul Goodwin arrives from England to take the podium for his first season as artistic director of the venerable Carmel Festival, he talks to SFCV about his artistic path and beliefs.

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Feature Article
July 1, 2011

Details of the Oakland budget, including the means for closing a $58 million shortfall, are still emerging, but the City Council has preserved the entire arts funding program.

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Feature Article
May 30, 2011

Travel notes from the San Francisco Symphony on its tour abroad, now playing Gustav Mahler in his hometown.

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Feature Article
May 24, 2011

A riveting Irene Dalis competition brings together incredible talent, a lineup of judges to match, and promising winners, including an audience favorite who is breaking through the ice and beginning to bloom.

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