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!


Festival REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  Schubert@Menlo: The Mature Composer Emerges
July 29, 2015
The full genius of the composer shone in three masterworks: Arpeggione” Sonata; the “Wanderer” Fantasy; and the Octet. More about Music@Menlo »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  West Edge’s Edgy <em>Lulu</em> Entertains and Challenges
July 28, 2015
West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece. More about West Edge Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  One Life Divided in West Edge Opera’s <em>As One</em>
July 28, 2015
The chamber opera follows the transition of a transgender person to womanhood, sung simultaneously by baritone Dan Kempson and mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson. More about West Edge Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 Merola Opera Program  Menotti’s <em>The Medium</em> Shows Power in Silence
July 27, 2015
The Merola Opera Program pairs a quiet take on Gian Carlo Menotti’s haunting short opera with a loud performance of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. More about Merola Opera Program »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  Pianist Wu Han’s Sonata in A Major Soars in Second Schubertiade
July 27, 2015
The event, part of Music@Menlo’s Summer Festival, wasn’t exactly like hanging out with Schubert and friends in a Viennese salon in the 1800s, but it was close. More about Music@Menlo »
Festival REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  An Exploration of Schubert at Music@Menlo’s Summer Festival
July 21, 2015
This year, the chamber music festival features performances of the music of and music that inspired the Austrian composer. More about Music@Menlo »
Festival REVIEW
 Midsummer Mozart Festival  George Cleve’s Annual Mozart Vacation
July 21, 2015
The Midsummer Mozart Festival returns for its 41st season. More about Midsummer Mozart Festival »
Festival REVIEW
 Mendocino Music Festival  The Mendocino Music Festival Kicks Off With A Little Magic
July 18, 2015
The festival’s 29th season begins with incredible performances and a few surprises. More about Mendocino Music Festival »
Opera REVIEW
 Festival Opera  The Show Must Go On for Festival Opera’s <em>Ariadne</em>
July 13, 2015
Festival Opera makes a comeback with its contemporary production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. More about Festival Opera »
Festival REVIEW
 Silicon Valley Music Festival  Choi’s Cello Reverberates in a GlassHouse at Silicon Valley Music Festival
July 6, 2015
Cellist Arnold Choi performed four works, three unaccompanied, at the festival’s new venue in downtown San Jose. More about Silicon Valley Music Festival »