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!


Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  Oberlin’s Yasuda Stuns with Barber’s Piano Concerto
April 17, 2015
The piano performance major impressed the audience at Oberlin’s Finney Chapel with a virtuosic performance. More about Oberlin Conservatory of Music »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Cypress String Quartet  Reimagining Beethoven With Help From the Cypress String Quartet
April 15, 2015

French composer Philippe Hersant’s Der Gestirnte Himmel gets its world premiere with the Bay Area-based quartet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Mostly Mozart With a Touch of Modern at Stanford
April 13, 2015
The Australian Chamber Orchestra performed Mozart, Haydn, and a work by Jonny Greenwood, better known as the guitarist from Radiohead. More about Stanford Live »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Joshua Bell Joins S.F. Symphony for Passionate Tchaikovsky Concerto
April 13, 2015
The violinist was virtuosic as ever, leaving the audience begging for an encore. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players  Percussion Music Wraps Up Project Ten-Fourteen
April 7, 2015

The S.F. Contemporary Music Players' season-long series of ten commissioned works reflecting on the human condition comes to an inspired close.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Feddeck and SFS Phenomenal in Bruckner’s Eighth
March 31, 2015
Guest conductor James Feddeck leads the San Francisco Symphony in a fantastic debut. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts  Violin and Guitar With a South American Flair
March 31, 2015
Violinist Hye-jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz performed music from Brazil and Argentina at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. More about Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Redwood Symphony  Redwood Symphony Tackles “Masterworks of Form”
March 30, 2015
The volunteer orchestra turns out a pleasing performance of serious works by Sibelius and Bartók and a humorous original composition. More about Redwood Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   Violinist Josefowicz Shines in a Modern <em>Scheherazade</em>
March 27, 2015
The New York Philharmonic premieres composer John Adams’ new piece. More »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Bang On A Can  Bang on a Can All-Stars Flexes its Muscles at Oberlin
March 27, 2015
The difficult-to-define ensemble turns out an electrifying performance. More about Bang On A Can »