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!


Opera Review
August 20, 2019

This Japan-England-America mashup will be very welcome to opera fans.

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Opera Review
August 20, 2019

A new opera from Poul Ruders reimagines a Grimm fairy tale.

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Opera Review
August 19, 2019

Well-sung renditions of Kurt Weill’s songs are highlights of this production.

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Choral Review
August 19, 2019

Ensemble of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir earns the limelight.

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Opera Review
August 19, 2019

Nuanced power characterizes the expert renditions of challenging works by these accomplished Merolini.

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Jazz Review
August 17, 2019

It was a Brazilian love affair for a night filled with tributes and reunions of old pros.

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Jazz Review
August 13, 2019

Just dipping a toe in the musical waters of the San José jazz celebration is a full-immersion experience.

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Modern Classical Review
August 13, 2019

The jazz trumpeter’s violin concerto starring Nicola Benedetti reveals a surfeit of ideas.

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Opera Review
August 13, 2019

An updated production draws clear parallels between the opera’s action and recent politics.

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Modern Classical Review
August 12, 2019

The composer’s work, based on a women’s vocal tradition of Hunan Province, dominates the festival’s Saturday concert.

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