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
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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2016

Music Director Alan Gilbert’s muscular approach made a tame program exciting and fresh.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 3, 2016

In Hunger Strike, composer and vocalist Amy X Neuburg turns our attention to the conditions of solitary confinement.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 3, 2016

The heralded composer’s much-anticipated premiere was just one gem in a dazzling evening of sonic and temporal connections explored by Pablo Heras-Casado and the S.F Symphony.

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