Arts & Events

The Berkeley Activist's Calendar, Dec. 16-23

Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition
Saturday December 15, 2018 - 09:44:00 AM

The City meeting schedule is light as the holidays approach and Council goes on Winter Recess from December 20 – January 22, 2019 -more-

Esa Pekka Salonen: A Questionable Choice to Lead SF Symphony

James Roy MacBean
Saturday December 15, 2018 - 01:31:00 PM

I am quite disappointed with San Francisco Symphony’s choice of 60 year-old Finnish conductor Esa Pekka Salonen to replace Michael Tilson Thomas as their next Music Director. To my mind, they have simply opted for more of the same, thereby forgoing a chance to move decisively forward into the 21st century. There were plenty of young, vibrant conductors available. My favorite to succeed MTT was a much younger Finnish conductor, 49 year-old Susanna Målkki, who has repeatedly shown her brilliance here as a guest conductor. Naming her as the next Music Director would have been a major step forward in promoting women to top orchestral positions. But, no, the San Francisco Symphony played their cards conservatively, instead opting for yet another white male conductor, and one a bit long in the tooth at that. -more-