Music in the Vineyards: Ariel Quartet at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards

The end of a Napa summer, and of a cycle Music in the Vineyards, Napa Valley’s long running chamber music festival, closed last weekend with the complete Beethoven cycle. The Ariel quartet performed all 16 of these masterly quartets over five days, held at five different vineyards around the Valley. Each concert combined early, middle and late quartets for a deeper view into a mind that reinvented Western music. On Saturday, Aug. 20, I got to visit the Jamieson...

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A sparkling tribute to Carole King

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opened last week at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. This was, in a way, a return home: the musical premiered in San Francisco in 2013 and went on to become a hit on Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards for Best...

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Handel’s comedy of power, Agrippina

  The dark mysteries of connivance These days it seems our most insightful investigative reporters and political analysts are comedians, from John Oliver to Trevor Noah. Could it be that the political posturings in...

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