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 11, 2016

Justin Peck's dazzling choreography, and Sufjan Stevens' now-classic score The BQE provide a winning hand In the Countenance of Kings.

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Opera Review
April 11, 2016

A young, period performance company wraps up Handel’s Orlando furioso trilogy.

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Chamber Music Review
April 7, 2016

The virtuosic duo succeed with their custom blend of “esoteric acoustic guitar art songs.”

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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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