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 12, 2017

San Francisco Ballet loses its head.

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Chamber Music Review
March 7, 2017

The student-run Hot Air Festival at S.F. Conservatory is always fresh, with a few highlights for new music fans.

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Chamber Music Review
March 7, 2017

Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio is just one highlight in a strong program from the Gold Coast Chamber Players.

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Recital Review
March 7, 2017

The cellist’s Forward Music Project brings social issues affecting women to the fore.

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Choral Review
March 7, 2017

The ensemble achieved sublimity in their rendition of a movement from Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.

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Opera Review
March 7, 2017

A gentle comic take on Cervantes’ famous novel, with a lovely score.

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Opera Review
March 1, 2017

A program of contemporary excerpts reveals both rough edges and refined ideas.

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Choral Review
February 28, 2017

Religious music for the Lenten season, sung with grace and mature expression.

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Chamber Music Review
February 28, 2017

The plight of Appalachian coal miners is revealed through powerful music and stark imagery.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 28, 2017

Michael Morgan’s unusual program was inspired by Native American music.

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