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

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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 25, 2016

Guest artists Edvard Tshivzhel and Nikolai Demidenko help translate works from their compatriots.

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Opera Review
October 21, 2016

It’s hard to come to grips with the new opera presented by L.A. Opera, which may be part of the point.

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Non-Western Classical Music Review
October 19, 2016

The “Full: Breath” program at BAMFA celebrated the most basic human instinct through dance, music, and visual art.

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Chamber Music Review
October 18, 2016

In their first concert in the series, the venerable ensemble delivered a mixed performance that ranged from murky to transcendent.

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