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 Music Review
March 26, 2019

The acclaimed ensemble is transcendent in the composer’s rarely heard quartets.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 26, 2019

Mozart sets the stage, with Jeffrey Kahane returning to the podium — and the piano.

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Opera Review
March 25, 2019

Laura Kaminsky’s opera tells a big story with just two voices and bare-bones staging.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 22, 2019

The violin virtuoso is masterful in Mozart’s third concerto, but Button sparkles throughout the concert.

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Modern Classical Review
March 19, 2019

From new student pieces to a Gérard Grisey masterpiece, it was an afternoon of possibilities.

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Choral Review
March 19, 2019

Jenny Wong conducts works that grapple with the aftermath of death in different ways.

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Recital Review
March 19, 2019

The Korean virtuoso’s musicality is on display in Latin-American masterworks.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 19, 2019

The former Santa Rosa Symphony music director returns with a lineup of Gershwin, Barber, and Copland.

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Jazz Review
March 19, 2019

The poetry-percussion-cello ensemble celebrates black cultures in its eponymous program at The Wallis.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 19, 2019

Cellist Truls Mørk deftly handles Salonen’s thorny concerto.

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