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
April 7, 2016

The premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's quiet, piano ballet is the highlight of a strong program.

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Opera Review
April 6, 2016

Games, songs, comedy, and sensuality combine in this show based on Serbian wedding songs and traditions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 5, 2016

SF Symphony featured the less-performed, edgy works in Copland's output, with Inon Barnatan at the keyboards for the Piano Concerto.

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Chamber Music Review
April 1, 2016

In their "Bridge to Beethoven" series, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner set a contemporary composer a near-impossible task.

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Dance Review
March 31, 2016

Great company seeks great choreographer. The Ailey company won’t disappoint in its repertory items, which is reason enough to see them.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 29, 2016

The Russian piano phenomenon delivered a thrilling performance in collaboration with Kent Nagano and the OSM.

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Chamber Music Review
March 25, 2016

Fresh compositions by Simon Dobson highlight the latest installment of this inventive series.

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Recital Review
March 25, 2016

The Mexican-American baritone delivered a fascinating and linguistically diverse program without getting tongue-tied.

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Dance Review
March 21, 2016

Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kimi Okada’s Oberlin Dance Collective is still going strong at 45.

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Dance Review
March 21, 2016

Yuri Possokhov creates a ballet that bathes in wonderful artifacts of the Sixties.

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