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!

Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto  Playful Period Pieces from Shakespeare’s Time with the Baltimore Consort
November 23, 2015
The early music ensemble performed “songs, dances, and fancies” with flair at Palo Alto’s First Presbyterian Church. More about First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Music at Kohl  Catalyst Quartet Gets Down and Dirty at Kohl
November 18, 2015
The quartet shifted seamlessly between genres in a wide-ranging program. More about Music at Kohl »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Jose Chamber Music Society  Jon Nakamatsu Joins Imani Winds for Some Marvelous Mozart
November 17, 2015
Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds was part of the New York-based quintet’s bright and brash program at the Trianon Theatre in San Jose. More about San Jose Chamber Music Society »
 Volti  More Exciting Discoveries at Volti Choral Concert
November 10, 2015
Composer Amy Beth Kirsten has provided Volti with the right kind of challenge: one that takes the audience on an electrifying journey. More about Volti »
 San Francisco Girls Chorus  SF Girls Chorus, TENET Go ‘Behind Convent Walls’
November 4, 2015
The chorus joined the early music ensemble in honoring 17th-century female composers. More about San Francisco Girls Chorus »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Mechanical Feats and Ecstatic Visions Appear in Adès/Cheng Recital
November 2, 2015
A technical tour-de-force of a duo recital focusing on Ades’ own music and influences. More about San Francisco Performances »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Jose Chamber Music Society  Philly’s Dali Quartet Sounds at Home with Latin American Dance
October 26, 2015
The San Jose Chamber Music Society kicked off its season with a lively program split between Latin American and European composers. More about San Jose Chamber Music Society »
 California Bach Society  Cal Bach Society Revives Zelenka’s ‘Bohemian Masterpiece’
October 20, 2015
Cal Bach Society celebrated the opening of its 45th season with a fine performance of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Votiva. More about California Bach Society »
   Anonymous 4 Bid Adieu in Character
October 20, 2015
The a cappella vocal quartet take a final turn through the repertory they did so much to reanimate. More »
Recital REVIEW
 Bay Area Cabaret  Stephanie Blythe Toasts Kate Smith in Engaging Show
October 6, 2015

A cabaret evening of Kate Smith songs created by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.

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