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
November 19, 2019

Missy Mazzoli, Jaime Martín, and the LACO turn toward previous centuries at Royce.

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Opera Review
November 19, 2019

New Opera West presents five “pop-up” operas.

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Opera Review
November 19, 2019

LA Opera’s latest wakes up an audience in the wake of #MeToo.

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Jazz Review
November 19, 2019

The brilliant vocalist channels the best of the past while keeping her focus resolutely on the future.

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Chamber Music Review
November 19, 2019

Capping a Noe Valley Chamber Music residency, the New York-based trio delivers an impactful performance.

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Opera Review
November 18, 2019

The big fairy-tale opera is perfect family fare for the holiday season.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 18, 2019

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 gets a fresh reading with this winning combo.

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New Music Review
November 16, 2019

New York ensemble Yarn/Wire brings Lockwood’s immersive music to life.

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Chamber Music Review
November 13, 2019

In a Cal Performances concert that seemed designed to push contrasts, you came away with a sense of the quartet’s remarkable unanimity.

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New Music Review
November 12, 2019

After more than 50 years, the iconoclast composer’s five-part opera is given its first full reading.

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