Classical Music Reviews

Every week, our professional critics attend concerts throughout the Bay Area to let you know what went well...and occasionally what didn't. Let their insights enrich your musical experiences, and feel free to share your own views!


Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 28, 2016

Sprawling over eight hours and four venues, it was impossible to take it all in, but also a heckuva lot of fun to attend.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 27, 2016

Tenor Michael Fabiano shone in the all-important opera highlights, but the full program went much deeper into the sweep of Italian music.

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Modern Classical Review
September 26, 2016

In the guise of a wildly imaginative inventor, Schick works magic with his musical contraptions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 20, 2016

The conductor provides a revelatory reading of an iconic masterwork, devoid of the usual drama.

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Modern Classical Review
August 9, 2016

Two commissions honor Marin Alsop, the festivals founder and guiding light.

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Modern Classical Review
August 9, 2016

Recent works by Christopher Rouse and James MacMillan highlight the 2016 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s opening concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 27, 2016

Pianist Yefim Bronfman is outstanding in the S.F. Symphony premiere of a new piece bustling with musical ideas and technical challenges.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 7, 2016

The Parisian-inflected program featured works by Saint-Saëns, Franck, and da Falla.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 27, 2016

The semistaged production cleverly transcends limits and delivers an exuberant reading of Bernstein’s score.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 25, 2016

The popular mezzo-soprano justifies her adulation in a standout performance of an eerie Berlioz cantata.

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