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!


New Music Review
December 15, 2019

The LA Phil New Music Group focuses on the late composer’s works for small ensembles.

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Dance Review
December 13, 2019

It’s a time to admire not just the stars but the SF Ballet School, a key to the company’s success.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 10, 2019

The SSU Symphonic Chorus is the star of a very bright show.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
December 10, 2019

A rousing performance of Handel’s masterwork: Shouldn’t this Hanukkah-themed oratorio be a regular item on the December holiday menu?

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Chamber Music Review
December 10, 2019

The composer died in the Holocaust, but Jacaranda Music sustains his legacy with a special concert.

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Musical Theater Review
December 10, 2019

A terrific roster of well-performed show tunes amid a disjointed, unfocused theatrical concept.

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New Music Review
December 10, 2019

The premiere of seven new pieces were just the latest of nearly 50 small-ensemble works that comprise the composer’s magnum opus.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 10, 2019

With Susanna Mälkki on the podium, the orchestra and soloist make the most of the late composer’s short, intricate works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 10, 2019

Pianist Nareh Arghamanyan discovers deep music in a work once dismissed as “Soviet kitsch.”

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Dance Review
December 10, 2019

This radical retelling of the classic ballet takes birdwatching to delirious new heights.

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