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!


Recital Review
February 18, 2020

The keyboard virtuosos know how to thrill and chill, but also how to connect intimately with their rapt listeners.

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Jazz Review
February 18, 2020

The Spanish pianist debuts his new album at Red Poppy Art House.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 18, 2020

The second weekend of the LA Phil’s exploration of Weimar culture was capped by two of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s memorable collaborations.

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Chamber Music Review
February 17, 2020

The Ariel Quartet plays two of the warhorses in the repertoire, in concert at Kohl Mansion.

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Opera Review
February 17, 2020

It’s an all-out production, and singers and orchestra shine.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 17, 2020

Film composer Aaron Zigman’s Tango Manos is the highlight of this festive valentine of a concert.

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Dance Review
February 17, 2020

The dancing is admirable, but the ideas don’t pay off in Trey McIntyre’s new piece.

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Dance Review
February 15, 2020

It’s all bright on the surface, but Mark Morris’s sprightly play on perky, mid-century musical tropes has a darker side, too.

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Chamber Music Review
February 11, 2020

The power trio braids strands of music, history, sociology, and culture into a spiritual whole that transcends easy categories.

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Jazz Review
February 11, 2020

The jazz singer demonstrates her skill at excavating hidden depths in her material, and she does it all with swing and panache.

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