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
February 23, 2016

The production, choreographed by the artistic director in 2009, returns to the War Memorial Opera House after a six-year absence.

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Opera Review
February 22, 2016

The “opera in jazz” follows the life of aging, dementia-scarred prize fighter Emile Griffith.

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Choral Review
February 22, 2016

The S.F. Symphony Chorus put on an unhip but engaging performance in SoundBox’s third program of the season.

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Dance Review
February 22, 2016

The company showed plenty of confidence in its first program after returning from a tour of Spain.

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Chamber Music Review
February 16, 2016

The ensemble pulled together a diverse group of pieces for its program at Berkeley’s Hertz Hall.

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Chamber Music Review
February 16, 2016

With friends Barry Shiffman and Zuill Bailey, Cypress Quartet gave fluid performances of Brahms’ sextets.

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Opera Review
February 16, 2016

Opera San Jose’s Carmen, which opened on Feb. 13, works well for the opera neophyte.

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Opera Review
February 12, 2016

Less musically brilliant than the Rossini favorite, Giovanni Paisiello's Barber of Seville still provided plenty of sparkle and musical comedy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 9, 2016

With conductor Tito Muñoz pinch-hitting for Joana Carneiro, the orchestra welcomed an exciting soloist in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.

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Festival Review
February 8, 2016

The premiere of one of the first Fifty for the Future Commissions highlighted the final night of the Kronos Quartet’s second annual festival.

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