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!


Chamber Music Review
December 8, 2016

The soprano and percussionist add spice to the mix as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s newest members.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 6, 2016

After a promising opening, the orchestra fizzles on Dvořák.

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Chamber Music Review
December 6, 2016

A new multimedia quartet highlights a striking program of Kronos-commissioned works.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
December 6, 2016

Orchestra, chorus, and soloists coalesce under McGegan’s baton to bring down the walls in Palo Alto.

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Opera Review
December 5, 2016

Fresh selections and stunning performances set a new benchmark for the renowned residency program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 27, 2016

Simon Rattle lifts the renowned orchestra to the musical stratosphere on the last stop of their tour.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 22, 2016

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tomkins shines in a new Siegfried Matthus concerto.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 15, 2016

The early music group delves into love, Italian style.

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Chamber Music Review
November 15, 2016

Composer Andy Akiho evokes computers instead of using them in his piano quintet. Maybe that’s the secret of his success.

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Musical Theater Review
November 15, 2016

A compelling new documentary traces the creation of the phenomenally successful hip-hop musical about the hippest Founding Father.

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