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!


Recital REVIEW
 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series  Baritone Efraín Solís Shines in Schwabacher Debut
March 25, 2016
The Mexican-American baritone delivered a fascinating and linguistically diverse program without getting tongue-tied. More about Schwabacher Debut Recital Series »
Dance REVIEW
 ODC Dance Company  ODC's Birthday Guests: A Private, a Cat, a Painter
March 21, 2016

Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kimi Okada’s Oberlin Dance Collective is still going strong at 45.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  <em>Swimmer</em> a Splash Hit at S.F. Ballet
March 21, 2016

Yuri Possokhov creates a ballet that bathes in wonderful artifacts of the Sixties.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Blinded by the Light at Symphony Silicon Valley
March 19, 2016
Awkward programming and distracting visuals overshadow a powerful rendition of Fauré’s Requiem. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  One Found Sound Ready to Break Through
March 19, 2016
The collaborative One Found Sound finds adventure in chamber works by Mozart, Nielsen, and Thomson. More about Old First Concerts »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Center for New Music  Deep in the Groove with the Akoma Ensemble
March 16, 2016
Royal Hartigan guided the stellar combo in a vibrant program that spanned multiple musical traditions. More about Center for New Music »
Opera REVIEW
 Long Beach Opera  <em>Fallujah</em> the Opera Viscerally Exposes the Casualties of War
March 15, 2016

A bold, new opera tells of PTSD and the American and Iraqi casualties of a war we’d like to forget, but can’t.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Dutoit Draws the Franco-Russian Connection with the S.F. Symphony
March 15, 2016

As he’s been doing his whole career, conductor Charles Dutoit brought clarity and detail to early 20th-century masterpieces.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  S.F. Opera Lab Opens with a (Literally) Animated Winterreise
March 15, 2016

William Kentridge’s animated art was paired with Matthias Goerne’s supremely lyrical presentation of Schubert’s last song cycle.

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Dance REVIEW
 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  A True Wartime Tale From Bill T. Jones
March 14, 2016

A true story of a 19-year-old resisting the Nazis is the latest, powerful addition to Bill T. Jones’ dances exploring racism and social injustice.

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