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!


Musical Theater Review
November 15, 2016

A compelling new documentary traces the creation of the phenomenally successful hip-hop musical about the hippest Founding Father.

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Modern Classical Review
November 15, 2016

With help from The Living Earth Show, the composer delivers an eerie, waterborne work inspired by Moby Dick.

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Dance Review
November 15, 2016

Madness and high art mingle in this kaleidoscopic one-dancer show.

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Festival Review
November 9, 2016

A new documentary explores many facets of the noted philanthropist and composer.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

Conrad Tao isn’t an ordinary 22-year-old piano prodigy. He provided some surprises at the Peninsula Symphony’s season opener.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

The Korean winner of the Chopin Competition transcends high expectations in his collaboration with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.

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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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