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!


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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 15, 2016

As he’s been doing his whole career, conductor Charles Dutoit brought clarity and detail to early 20th-century masterpieces.

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Recital Review
March 15, 2016

William Kentridge’s animated art was paired with Matthias Goerne’s supremely lyrical presentation of Schubert’s last song cycle.

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Dance Review
March 14, 2016

A true story of a 19-year-old resisting the Nazis is the latest, powerful addition to Bill T. Jones’ dances exploring racism and social injustice.

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