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!


Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Gene Scheer tell stories of camp survivors in an new opera.

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Recital Review
May 31, 2016

The pianist’s remarkable technique and musicianship added sparkle to the pedestrian and clarity to the obscure.

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Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Calixto Bieito’s setting of Bizet’s classic explores the corrosive effects of doomed love.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 27, 2016

The semistaged production cleverly transcends limits and delivers an exuberant reading of Bernstein’s score.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 25, 2016

The popular mezzo-soprano justifies her adulation in a standout performance of an eerie Berlioz cantata.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 24, 2016

A John Adams piece featuring electric violin is at the heart of a program exploring the contemplative side of 20th-century music.

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Opera Review
May 23, 2016

Excellent singing was at the fore of a genuinely funny operatic comedy from 1679.

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Choral Review
May 17, 2016

Dr. Magen Solomon has guided the venerable community choir to new levels of artistry.

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Modern Classical Review
May 17, 2016

A great American composer shows his variety in a well-balanced, entertaining performance at chamber/text, the free concert series.

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Modern Classical Review
May 13, 2016

Pianist Taka Kigawa brought energy and immediacy to Ligeti’s pianistic Everest.

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