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
 sfSoundSeries  Order and Chaos With Cellist Séverine Ballon
July 31, 2015

The cellist shows polish and musicality in new, experimental works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Sacramento Philharmonic  Sacramento Philharmonic Makes Its Comeback with a “Resurrection”
June 30, 2015
The Philharmonic’s performance marks the beginning of a new era for the orchestra. More about Sacramento Philharmonic »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Leaps Across Finish Line with Beethoven Marathon
June 22, 2015
The four-and-a-half-hour marathon had everything except the composer himself. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Takes a Trip with Beethoven’s <em>Missa solemnis</em>
June 15, 2015
Beethoven’s Mass becomes a staged multi-media experience, complete with light show and wandering soloists. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Left Coast Chamber Ensemble  Left Coast Goes to the Museum, Brings Home Six Brilliant Works
June 3, 2015
The concert featured works from young composers inspired by two sculptures housed in the de Young Museum’s Gallery 16. More about Left Coast Chamber Ensemble »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Presidio Officers' Club  Young Telegraph Quartet Delights in American Quartets
June 3, 2015
The quartet played for a smaller crowd in the intimate setting of the Presidio Officers’ Club. More about Presidio Officers' Club »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Los Angeles Philharmonic  Los Angeles Philharmonic Dives Deep Into New American Music
June 2, 2015
The Next on Grand festival offers a wide window into contemporary American music. More about Los Angeles Philharmonic »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Dutoit Delivers With Stravinsky and Mussorgsky
June 2, 2015
The maestro led the symphony with casually controlled theatricality and an air of mischief. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  New Century Chamber Orchestra Soars with Bermel’s <em>Murmurations</em>
June 1, 2015
Derek Bermel’s 2015 work received its West Coast premiere by the ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. More about San Francisco Conservatory of Music »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Finally Brings Character to Bartók
May 22, 2015
An exciting performance of Concerto for Orchestra caps off an evening that included pieces from Samuel Carl Adams and Mozart. More about San Francisco Symphony »