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Marian concerts at Bay Area cathedrals
Nov. 30, 2011
Concerts at the three Catholic cathedrals circling San Francisco Bay will honor the Blessed Mother during the Christmas season, in a series put together by a Catholic women’s group that takes its inspiration from Blessed John Paul II’s 1988 letter on the dignity ...

Bible audio series with Hollywood actors’ voices
Nov. 3, 2010
With the support of a Vatican imprimatur, a celebrity-voiced audio production of the New Testament is set to be released this month.

Mission Dolores Concert for Haiti
Apr. 21, 2010
Mission Dolores Basilica Choir, under the direction of Jerome Lenk, will present a “Lend a Hand for Haiti” concert May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Basilica, 16th St. at Dolores in San Francisco.

The Berlin Philharmonic in Davies Symphony Hall
Dec. 2, 2009, By Father Basil De Pinto
For over a hundred years the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has been a touchstone of musical excellence

Concert in San Francisco heralds novena of ‘Simbang Gabi’
Sep. 2, 2009
A concert by the internationally known Philippine Madrigal Singers heralds Advent and the centuries-old Filipino tradition of Simbang Gabi Oct. 23 at Holy Name of Jesus Church in San Francisco.

What would Jesus play? Local gaming company makes faith interactive
Jul. 8, 2009, By Michael Vick
Christian is not the first word most would use when describing video games. Many of the most popular titles are full to the brim with senseless violence. Some, like "Grand Theft Auto," actually promote lawlessness, with players stealing cars, killing police and even initiating ...

Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass among latest offerings at San Francisco Opera
Jun. 10, 2009, By Father Basil De Pinto
The long gestation of Verdi’s setting of the Requiem Mass, from the death of Rossini in 1868 to that of Manzoni in 1873, bears witness to the composer’s dedication to literature as well as music. If he chose Rossini to epitomize art as song (I would have picked Bellini myself), ...

Murray Perahia's piano virtuosity lifts Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
Apr. 1, 2009, By Father Basil De Pinto
It seems like only yesterday but it was almost thirty years ago that a young New York pianist named Murray Perahia made a series of astonishing recordings of Mozart piano concertos. Notable not only for great virtuosity but also for impeccable taste, this superb artist continues ...

Takacs Quartet gives powerful, moving performance
Feb. 25, 2009, By Father Basil De Pinto
The Takacs Quartet (pronounced Takatch in Hungarian) made their annual visit to the Bay Area on February 15 under the auspices of Cal Performances. As always, the concert was sold out, including dozens of stage seats.

Talented duo extend themselves in service of great music
Feb. 4, 2009, By Father Basil De Pinto
There have been fine performances already this season and there will be more, but there will hardly be a more satisfying one than the recital by Christian Tetzlaff, violinist, and Leif Ove Andsnes, pianist, given on Jan. 27 under the auspices of San Francisco Performances.






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