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!


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 »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  MTT Reunites with London Symphony Orchestra
March 25, 2015
The former LSO principal conductor and current San Francisco Symphony music director returned to the stage with the orchestra. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Denk and St. Martin’s Dazzle at Davies with Stravinsky and Bach
March 20, 2015
The chamber orchestra and pianist Jeremy Denk unite for a memorable performance. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Earplay  Earplay Excels in Quiet Celebration
March 18, 2015
The new music dynamo continues its anniversary season by focusing on the legacies of local composers. More about Earplay »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Symphony Silicon Valley Showcases "Gentleman" Shostakovich
March 17, 2015
Program takes a pleasing look at the cheerful and half-serious sides of the composer. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Navigating the Shifting Seas of Boulez’ Solo Compositions
March 17, 2015

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich successfully steer through the composer’s most challenging works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony, Ton Koopman Party with Haydn
March 17, 2015

The Dutch conductor’s work with the San Francisco Symphony leads to remarkable results.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Tanya Tagaq Creates Mesmerizing Score for Nanook
March 17, 2015

The Inuit throat singer brings emotional depth to the landmark 1922 documentary.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 Switchboard Music Festival  Switchboard Presents: Something for All Tastes
March 15, 2015

As a sampling of Switchboard’s genre-blurring monthly “new music” series, the lineup for the March edition in the Tenderloin was perfectly eclectic.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 New Century Chamber Orchestra  New Century In the Swing With Dicterow
March 10, 2015

A suite by Edvard Grieg was the surprise highlight of a lively concert.

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