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 Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 26, 2017

The great pianist graced a Santa Cruz Symphony concert for the second time this year and the results were just as magical as the first.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 25, 2017

Sometimes concert extras don’t add that much.

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Modern Classical Review
June 19, 2017

George Lewis’s Afterword, an opera has an original premise, and some beautiful music, but there’s one big fly in the ointment.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 19, 2017

Meanwhile, conductor Vasily Petrenko made a meal of Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony, leading the San Francisco Symphony’s weekend program.

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Opera Review
June 13, 2017

A festive cavalcade of opera talent pitches in to fete the venerable training program.

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Chamber Music Review
June 13, 2017

A musical tribute to the great jazz saxophonist by way of J.S. Bach and poet A.B. Spellman

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Chamber Music Review
June 13, 2017

Strong new music performed by Splinter Reeds, Kronos Quartet, and Ramon & Jessica’s sextet highlight a solid program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 13, 2017

The audience jumps to its feet for S.F. Symphony’s performance of a work that once inspired a riot.

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Opera Review
June 13, 2017

S.F. Opera unveils a revival with spotty singing, less effective acting.

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Opera Review
June 6, 2017

The success of this summer “reboot” hinges on the music, not the production.

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