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!


Modern Classical REVIEW
 Bang On A Can  Bang on a Can All-Stars Flexes its Muscles at Oberlin
March 27, 2015
The difficult-to-define ensemble turns out an electrifying performance. More about Bang On A Can »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
   Stile Antico Presents an Evening with The Habsburgs
March 27, 2015
The early music vocal ensemble ran through some of the greatest hits written for royalty. More »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  MTT Reunites with London Symphony Orchestra
March 25, 2015
The former LSO principal conductor and current San Francisco Symphony music director returned to the stage with the orchestra. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Voices of Music  Voices of Music Ends Season Basking in Mediterranean Glow
March 24, 2015
The camaraderie of the Early Music ensemble creates an intimacy that makes each performance a joy to watch. More about Voices of Music »
Opera REVIEW
 Livermore Valley Opera  A Powerhouse <em>Lucia</em> at Livermore Valley Opera
March 24, 2015
Clear direction and fantastic singing make for a memorable performance of the tragic Italian opera. More about Livermore Valley Opera »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Music at Kohl  Jamming Two Worlds Together
March 24, 2015
Classical Jam, a group adept at blending classical and improvisation, put together an enjoyable program at Kohl Mansion. More about Music at Kohl »
Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  SF Ballet Glides Gracefully Through a Demanding <em>Don Quixote</em>
March 23, 2015
The dancers, costumes and sets dazzle as the performance starts its 11-day run. More about San Francisco Ballet »
Dance REVIEW
 ODC Dance Company  ODC Dance Downtown Gives Life to <em>Dead Reckoning</em>
March 23, 2015

Choreographer K.T. Nelson’s piece Dead Reckoning is a delight, while the troupe’s work based on Ai Weiwei looks confined outside of Alcatraz.

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Opera REVIEW
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  Oberlin’s <em>La finta giardiniera</em> Goes Down the Rabbit Hole
March 20, 2015
The cast, mostly made up of bunnies, delivered spectacle with a rare irreverence that was delightful to behold. A review from SFCV's Emerging Writer Program. More about Oberlin Conservatory of Music »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Denk and St. Martin’s Dazzle at Davies with Stravinsky and Bach
March 20, 2015
The chamber orchestra and pianist Jeremy Denk unite for a memorable performance. More about San Francisco Symphony »