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!


Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Leslie Swackhamer’s revival of the Jun Kaneko production at S.F. Opera is as forcefully anti-imperialist as the opera will allow.

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Chamber Music Review
November 8, 2016

Like overgrown kids playing in a sandbox, this percussion ensemble played a concert of new music that lifted spirits and attracted some young fans.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Phelim McDermott, the wizard behind the 2007 English National Opera production of Satyagraha, comes through again with a spectacular staging of a brilliant but difficult show.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

The pianist’s lightning-fast concerto was just one highlight in a solid program from the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

SFO’s militantly fresh approach eschews the camels and kitsch and highlights outstanding performances, potent choreography, and unapologetically modern design.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 2, 2016

A dazzling composition inspired by video-game conventions is the highlight of a perfect Halloween program.

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Opera Review
November 1, 2016

Artist in residence Matthew Aucoin created and conducted a new pastiche score for F.W. Murnau’s classic film that was surprisingly moving.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 1, 2016

Michael Tilson Thomas’ program traces the connection between the Renaissance and the Romantic by way of Mozart.

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Chamber Music Review
October 27, 2016

New music aces Volti and Left Coast Ensemble team up for a program based on personal letters.

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Dance Review
October 25, 2016

The postmodern choreographer continues to explore the limits of physical expression in a new piece set to a Laurie Anderson score.

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