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
 Tangents Guitar Series  Tangents Guitar Series Explores Music of James Tenney
April 28, 2015
The series presents a retrospective program of music for guitars by the experimental composer. More about Tangents Guitar Series »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Elevate Ensemble  Elevate Ensemble Pushes Through Highs and Lows
April 27, 2015
Despite moments of clutter, the young collective put on a memorable performance. More about Elevate Ensemble »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  Accomplished Friction Quartet Plays Adams, World Premieres
April 27, 2015
The quartet performed premieres from composers Eric Tran and Max Stoffregen at Old First Church. More about Old First Concerts »
Opera REVIEW
 Los Angeles Opera  Hercules vs. Vampires? “It’s Greek to Me”
April 25, 2015
Patrick Morganelli’s operatic adaptation of the B-movie turns Italio-Grecian kitsch into modern American opera. More about Los Angeles Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Heras-Casado Leads S.F. Symphony Through Music History
April 24, 2015
The program — which explored works from Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, and Stravinsky — pit the sets of composers against each other, whether that was its intention or not. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Green Music Center   Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Tackle Beethoven, Tchaikovsky Trios
April 22, 2015
The world-traveling trio take the "Archduke" Trio and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor at a brisk pace. More about Green Music Center »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   SoundBox Composers Play With Texture and Time
April 21, 2015
Pieces featured in the final show of SoundBox’s fifth season ranged from interesting to uncomfortable. More »
Opera REVIEW
 Opera San José  Droll <em>Magic Flute</em> Casts Spell at Opera San Jose
April 21, 2015
For the last production of its season, OSJ has hit the mark. More about Opera San José »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Hahn Displays Adventurous Range in S.F. Performances Recital
April 20, 2015
The violinist tackled a mammoth program at SFJAZZ Center’s main hall. More about San Francisco Performances »
Opera REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Seals a Delightful "Contract"
April 20, 2015
The period-instrument ensemble joins forces with fellows from the San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowship program to perform the Rossini opera. More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »