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!


Dance Review
January 28, 2017

S.F. Ballet’s resident choreographer delivers a new work revisiting the Russian Revolution.

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Dance Review
January 27, 2017

Choreographer Jiří Bubeníček adds another remarkable, new work to the company’s repertory.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 24, 2017

The close connection between violinist and conductor made for an electrifying concerto performance.

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Opera Review
January 24, 2017

Stephen Eddins’s adaptation of a Eudora Welty story is the highlight of a strong program of works in progress.

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Modern Classical Review
January 24, 2017

A linguistic theme permeated great performances highlighting the work of two Stanford faculty composers.

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Modern Classical Review
January 24, 2017

Excerpts proved the rule at the latest set, hosted by composer Mason Bates and conductor Edwin Outwater.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 24, 2017

The chamber ensemble played with fire and grace on works from Handel, Bach, and Rameau.

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Opera Review
January 17, 2017

Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves and M. Lamar’s Funeral Doom Spiritual tackle uncomfortable subjects, uncompromisingly — and make powerful art out of them.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 17, 2017

Yves Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony only appears to be off-the-wall experimental. Actually, it’s a modest experiment and a captivating experience

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 17, 2017

Pretty presentation does little to inject drama into an early Mahler cantata

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