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
April 13, 2019

New-music composers focus on the “notes between notes” played on everything from microtonal guitar to full-blown gamelan orchestra.

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Dance Review
April 11, 2019

Rennie Harris’s tribute to the late choreographer is a must-see.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 11, 2019

With pianist Olga Kern as soloist, the orchestra gets the blood pumping in Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev.

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Opera Review
April 9, 2019

A Gilbert and Sullivan one-acter, plus an over-the-top companion piece, makes for a satisfying production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 9, 2019

The violinist’s exuberant performance overshadowed the rest of the concert.

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Chamber Music Review
April 9, 2019

Episodic moments of brilliance highlight new music in “The Keyboard Reimagined.”

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Opera Review
April 9, 2019

POP’s striking new production features a bilingual libretto.

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Chamber Music Review
April 9, 2019

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center boasts acoustics designed by famed Yasuhisa Toyota.

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Chamber Music Review
April 9, 2019

Ensemble for These Times provides live music for experimental projections and film clips.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 2, 2019

The U.S. premiere of a Samuel Adams concerto grosso highlights a gentle concert.

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