Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Antony and Cleopatra: Pre-Performance Media Roundup

Photo of director Elkanah Pulitzer, composer John Adams, and SFO General Director Matthew Shilvock, masked, in the Atrium Theater

Director Elkhanah Pulitzer, Composer John Adams, and 
SFO General Director Matthew Shilvock
Atrium Theater, SF
Rehearsal for Antony & Cleopatra
Photo by Kristen Loken, care of San Francisco Opera

All sorts of articles and other items on the Web related to the premiere of John Adams's latest, Antony and Cleopatra, at San Francisco Opera.

Watch this space; I expect to add to the list above between now and September 10, when Antony opens. I'm reviewing for SFCV, and of course I will have a media round-up after that.

Must mention that a rehearsal photo published on Facebook by Matthew Shilvock revealed two harps, a celesta, and a cimbolom in the orchestra. He must have taken the photo from the lighting catwalk in the Atrium Theater.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Monday, August 22, 2022

Museum Mondays

Photo of a WWII era submarine control panel. The panel is gray and has gauges at the top and bottom. In between are two rows of protruding white objects, below the white objects are protruding black objects.

Control Panel, U-505 Submarine
Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, IL
November, 2016


Monday, August 15, 2022

Museum Mondays

Photo. A ceremonial Baroque trumpet from Germany, very long, with yellow and gold tassels hanging from both ends, in front of a wall with red brocade wall paper. Below the trumpet is a baroque kettledrum, made of copper

German Baroque kettledrum and trumpet
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
October, 2019


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Opening Week Conflicts

I'm used to this kind of thing happening at the beginning of December, not the beginning of September, but here's what's lined up for Saturday, September 10 (and there could be more!):

  • Antony and Cleopatra world premiere at San Francisco Opera
  • Le Nozze di Figaro, set in India before independence, at Opera San José
  • Sarah Cahill, The Future is Female, another of her brilliantly-programmed recitals (in Santa Cruz, so a bit far for me). Here's what she's playingTara’s Love Will Melt the Sword by Janice Giteck (2002), Music for Piano by Frangiz Ali-Zadeh (1989/1997), Summer Days (2020) by Mary WatkinsShadow by Rebecca Saunders (2013) Valsa Choro No. 2 by Adelaide Pereira da Silva (1965), The Homeless Wanderer by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (1951), Piano Poems by Regina Harris Baiocchi (2020), Small Noise by Hyo-shin Na (2018), Holding Pattern by Maggi Payne(2001), Rang de Basant by Reena Esmail (2012), and Troubled Water by Margaret Bonds (1967). Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 7:30pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street | Santa Cruz, CA. for more info.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Abortion Rights are Popular

The people of Kansas voted approximately 59% to 41% to preserve abortions rights that are written into their state constitution. KANSAS, a state that hasn't had a Democratic senator since the 1930s.

It's a very very conservative state, but across the board, abortion rights are popular.

Keep / make abortion safe, legal, and readily available to anyone who wants or needs one.

Monday, August 01, 2022

Museum Mondays


Rectangular detail of a mosaic. a band of black tiles around the left and bottom of the frame; a band of white tiles within that; a band of black tiles within the white band. The remaining tiles in the upper right form a rectangle and they're all white. Each tile is a very small, irregular square.

Detail of a Mosaic
Last Supper at Pompeii
Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
August, 2021