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
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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 24, 2016

A John Adams piece featuring electric violin is at the heart of a program exploring the contemplative side of 20th-century music.

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Opera Review
May 23, 2016

Excellent singing was at the fore of a genuinely funny operatic comedy from 1679.

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Choral Review
May 17, 2016

Dr. Magen Solomon has guided the venerable community choir to new levels of artistry.

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Modern Classical Review
May 17, 2016

A great American composer shows his variety in a well-balanced, entertaining performance at chamber/text, the free concert series.

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Modern Classical Review
May 13, 2016

Pianist Taka Kigawa brought energy and immediacy to Ligeti’s pianistic Everest.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 10, 2016

A concerto penned under the auspices of the symphony’s Young American Composer-in-Residence program gets the spotlight in a beautifully balanced program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 10, 2016

With his opera in suspended animation, the composer Mark Grey puts forth a Frankenstein Symphony based on its themes at the Berkeley Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 10, 2016

A new Jennifer Higdon suite highlights an evening of music inspired by — but not necessarily for — dancing.

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