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
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Symphony Silicon Valley Rings With Rachmaninoff's <em>Bells</em>
May 11, 2015
The symphony, with assistance from choristers, performed the Rachmaninoff masterpiece, which is based off the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Dance REVIEW
 Ballet San Jose  Ballet San Jose’s Cinderella is All Sparkle But Few Steps
May 11, 2015
The performance had all the pageantry one would expect from the classic tale, but little choreography. More about Ballet San Jose »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  A Divine Evening with Collegium Musicum Oberliniense
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  American Bach Soloists Show the Lighter Side of Bach
May 6, 2015
The early music group introduced a young cello soloist and played a sprightly reading of a Bach orchestral suite. More about American Bach Soloists »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Les Arts Florissants and the Heartaches of Love
May 6, 2015
William Christie’s vocal and instrumental Baroque ensemble brings the language of love to Cal Performances. More about Cal Performances »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  Santa Rosa Symphony Masters Mahler’s Third
May 5, 2015
Mahler’s Third Symphony is a long haul, but the Santa Rosa Symphony was in it to win it. More about Santa Rosa Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Salonen Joins S.F. Symphony to Chase an Elusive Nyx
Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> Has Gorgeous Technique But Lacks Depth
May 4, 2015
Fine work from the company isn’t enough to bring Shakespeare’s tragedy to life. More about San Francisco Ballet »
Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  Opera Parallele Shines a Light on Heart of Darkness
May 4, 2015
A new chamber opera by Tarik O'Regan shows the continuing power of Conrad's story, despite some flaws. More about Opera Parallèle »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   The JACK Quartet Delivers Flawless Zorn Marathon
May 1, 2015
The musicians flawlessly played the composer’s complete string quartets — though sometimes the performance was more procedural than passionate. More »