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!


Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Early Music Society  Stile Antico Accents Sensuality in Renaissance Music
April 13, 2016
The early music ensemble delivers an earthy, thrilling program exploring the relationship of the sensual and the spiritual in Renaissance vocal music. More about San Francisco Early Music Society »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Christiane Karg: Art Song’s New Champion
April 11, 2016
The soprano is a force to be reckoned with in art song, a communicative and soulful singer. More about San Francisco Performances »
Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  A Royal Flush from Justin Peck at the S.F. Ballet
April 11, 2016
Justin Peck's dazzling choreography, and Sufjan Stevens' now-classic score The BQE provide a winning hand In the Countenance of Kings. More about San Francisco Ballet »
Opera REVIEW
 Black Box Baroque  <em>Alcina</em> Enchants at Black Box Baroque
April 11, 2016
A young, period performance company wraps up Handel’s Orlando furioso trilogy. More about Black Box Baroque »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge Pick Some Winners
April 7, 2016
The virtuosic duo succeed with their custom blend of “esoteric acoustic guitar art songs.” More about San Francisco Performances »
Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  San Francisco Ballet Shows Artistry, Not Luck, in <em>Seven Sonatas</em>
April 7, 2016
The premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's quiet, piano ballet is the highlight of a strong program. More about San Francisco Ballet »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  Nonsense and Nuptials at S.F. Opera Lab’s <em>Svadba-Wedding</em>
April 6, 2016
Games, songs, comedy, and sensuality combine in this show based on Serbian wedding songs and traditions. More about San Francisco Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  MTT Studies the Academic Side of Copland and Schumann
April 5, 2016
SF Symphony featured the less-performed, edgy works in Copland's output, with Inon Barnatan at the keyboards for the Piano Concerto. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Just Beethoven, Please
April 1, 2016

In their "Bridge to Beethoven" series, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner set a contemporary composer a near-impossible task.

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Dance REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Alvin Ailey Dancers Astonish While Choreography Doesn't
March 31, 2016
Great company seeks great choreographer. The Ailey company won’t disappoint in its repertory items, which is reason enough to see them. More about Cal Performances »