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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

Kids & Families Feature
November 14, 2013

Youth Orchestra Conductor Donato Cabrera talks about the upcoming concert featuring Copland, Bloch, and Nielsen; how to build a rapport with the young musicians, telling a story through music.

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November 14, 2013
Aaron Copland, born 113 years ago today, was famously dubbed “the dean of American composers.” His scores, well-known and loved, we still hear in TV and film....
Upcoming Concert
November 14, 2013

A local holiday tradition returns at ODC Dance Company.

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Kids & Families Feature
November 7, 2013

Mezzo-soprano Olivia Cosio is a remarkably determined young woman, which is what sets her apart, as much as her abundant talent.

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Upcoming Concert
November 7, 2013

Symphony Napa Valley presents a concert both highly entertaining and thoughtfully educational titled “Who Messed Up My Orchestra,” begins with an instrument “petting zoo,” art activities, and a juice and cookie reception.

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Upcoming Concert
October 31, 2013

Saturday, Nov. 9, the San Francisco Opera hosts a free community open house. Last year more than 4,000 people came to the event.

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Upcoming Concert
October 31, 2013

Holy magnificats! Four high school choirs show the results of this summer’s Choral Institute, run by Volti, the professional, new music choir.

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Upcoming Concert
October 24, 2013

This weekend’s family concert at the Redwood Symphony includes an orchestral version of a Dr. Seuss' classic The Sneetches.

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Upcoming Concert
October 23, 2013

The San Francisco Symphony’s Day of the Dead festival of Mexican heritage is always a major event mixing music, theater, dance, and kids activities.

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Kids & Families Feature
October 23, 2013

sf Art & Film is a local nonprofit that lets teenagers experience art, including music performances, for free. The only difficulty is finding interested teens.

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Upcoming Concert
October 17, 2013

Two great events this weekend are open to the entire community and Bay Area: Community Music Day and S.F. Music Day.

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Kids & Families Feature
October 17, 2013

The violin bow may look like a simple piece of technology, but it is integral to the sound of the instrument and making bows is the work of master craftspeople.

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Kids & Families Feature
October 10, 2013

Gianfranco Baltazar studies at SOTA and takes guitar from hobby to serious study by bootstrapping his skills via YouTube.

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Upcoming Concert
October 10, 2013

Experienced entertainer Asheba brings his high-energy show to kick off a super fall music lineup at Bay Area Discovery Museum in Marin.

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Kids & Families Feature
October 3, 2013

Two young teachers are giving a lift to the venerable school music program at SI.

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Kids & Families Feature
October 3, 2013

A new music education broadcast on public television, conceived by conductor Gerard Schwarz, has been winning audiences and is being scheduled in the Bay Area.

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Upcoming Concert
September 26, 2013

Don't miss Hansel and Gretel at the Oshman Family JCC, featuring a 12-piece orchestra, conducted by Ming Luke, dancers from the Firebird Theater, and multimedia visuals.

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Kids & Families Feature
September 26, 2013

Sequoia High School in Redwood City has deep roots in music education, and despite the arts crisis in public schools, it’s not about to give that up.

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Feature Article
September 23, 2013

The Napa Valley Symphony was not long gone before plans were laid for reconstituting the orchestra. But in the meantime, a new one with different musicians was created. And therein lies a tale.

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Upcoming Concert
September 19, 2013

Music and astronomy went hand in hand in way back when (in the Middle Ages). Now a fun-sounding event at Lick Observatory brings them together in a whole new way.

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