Reviews

Be'eri Moalem - November 18, 2008
Most of Stanford Lively Arts' concert presentations avoid Memorial Church, perhaps because its acoustics are a bit too lively. But cellist Christopher Costanza finds the church's atmosphere "absolutely perfect ...
Jason Victor Serinus - November 18, 2008
On the face of it, there may seem to be little in common between George Antheil's A Jazz Symphony, the world premiere of Nathaniel Stookey and Dan Harder's ZIPPERZ: A soaPOPera, and Sergei Prokofiev's suites from Romeo and Juliet. But on Friday Michael Morgan and his Oakland East Bay Symphony knew something that their enthusiastic Paramount Theater audience was
Jules Langert - November 18, 2008
The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble began its season with a program blending the (relatively) old and the new.
Michelle Dulak Thomson - November 11, 2008
Someone at San Francisco Performances is keen on completeness.
Georgia Rowe - November 11, 2008
One of the charges frequently leveled against regional orchestras is that they program only the tried and true. While this may be on point in some instances — particularly in these tough economic times — the Santa Rosa Symphony's November program was both adventurous and free of filler.
Jaime Robles - November 11, 2008
The libretto of Gaetano Donizetti's 1832 opera L'elisir d'amore (The elixir of love) has wide appeal. Many of us have suffered the torture of being in love with someone who doesn't know we exist, and worse, wouldn't be interested if they did.
Heuwell Tircuit - November 11, 2008
Every so often I come across a musical event that defies all logic. That was the case Sunday afternoon as Benjamin Shwartz conducted the San Francisco Symphony's Youth Orchestra and a 13-year-old boy soloist through a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto that would be the envy of any leading virtuoso.
David Bratman - November 11, 2008
Masterworks Chorale, of San Mateo, stuffed Mozart's great big Mass in C Minor, K. 427, into the small confines of Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos on Sunday afternoon. A lively and exciting time was had by all. It's easy to make a secularly appreciative remark like that about this Mass, which Mozart wrote in a burst of enthusiasm over his wedding to Constanze Weber.
Thomas Busse - November 11, 2008
I am happy to say that a new ensemble, the Chalice Consort, is the second finest all-volunteer chamber choir I have heard in my 10 years in the Bay Area (I'll take perverse pleasure in letting readers guess the first).
Jonathan Rhodes Lee - November 11, 2008
In 1692, one Peter Motteux expressed surprise about having heard trumpets and oboes play elegantly during dinner: "Mr. Showers hath taught [the oboes and trumpets] to sound with all the softness imaginable ...