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
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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 19, 2016

Awkward programming and distracting visuals overshadow a powerful rendition of Fauré’s Requiem.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 19, 2016

The collaborative One Found Sound finds adventure in chamber works by Mozart, Nielsen, and Thomson.

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Chamber Music Review
March 16, 2016

Royal Hartigan guided the stellar combo in a vibrant program that spanned multiple musical traditions.

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Opera Review
March 15, 2016

A bold, new opera tells of PTSD and the American and Iraqi casualties of a war we’d like to forget, but can’t.

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