In addition to family histories, Books & Lives has preserved print and video records of the accomplishments of almost one hundred Bay Area music, dance, and theater artists. Much of this work was produced in conjunction with the Museum of Performance & Design’s Legacy Oral History Program, founded by Jeff Friedman, PhD. These oral histories, many funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, have been placed in public, university, museum, and special interest libraries.


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Tom Heimberg, Violist-SF Opera

Tom Heimberg was a man who loved music first, last, and always. His childhood days were blessed by friendships with violinist Arnold Steinhart (Guarneri String Quartet) and pianist/composer Lincoln Mayorga (The Rose). Heimberg played viola for the SF Opera Orchestra for 40 years. His interviews reveal behind-the-scenes dramas with Leontyne Price and other opera house luminaries. Full-life oral history. Basya Petnick, interviewer and senior editor.