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!


Jazz Review
March 3, 2020

The Cuban pianist brings perfect playmates to Yoshi’s for his ever-evolving musical vision.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 3, 2020

The virtuoso violinist is more than a match for Paganini’s show-stopper concerto.

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Opera Review
March 3, 2020

The Industry’s site-specific odyssey opera presents a not-so-sweet view of American history.

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New Music Review
March 3, 2020

The experimental sound artist and percussionist showed broad imagination and commitment in an evening of improvisation and musical fragments.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 2, 2020

Dudamel delves into the details with his superb readings of the American master.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 2, 2020

The conductor and violinist meld minds in a concerto Salonen composed expressly for Josefowicz.

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Choral Review
March 2, 2020

Craig Hella Johnson’s compassionate oratorio memorializes the tragic victim of homophobic violence.

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Dance Review
February 28, 2020

Cellist Maya Beiser and dancer Wendy Whelan grapple with the tragedy of 9/11 in a Bay Area premiere.

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Chamber Music Review
February 25, 2020

The septet featured music by Maddalena Casulana and Clara Schumann in a concert that was a little too firmly rooted in the past.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 25, 2020

Gustavo goes for the gusto with Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 in LA Phil’s welcome Ives Festival.

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