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!


Jazz Review
August 13, 2019

Just dipping a toe in the musical waters of the San José jazz celebration is a full-immersion experience.

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Modern Classical Review
August 13, 2019

The jazz trumpeter’s violin concerto starring Nicola Benedetti reveals a surfeit of ideas.

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Opera Review
August 13, 2019

An updated production draws clear parallels between the opera’s action and recent politics.

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Modern Classical Review
August 12, 2019

The composer’s work, based on a women’s vocal tradition of Hunan Province, dominates the festival’s Saturday concert.

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Opera Review
August 12, 2019

Soprano Sara LeMesh is extraordinary in this gripping production of Missy Mazzoli’s adaptation of the Lars von Trier film.

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Modern Classical Review
August 12, 2019

The L.A.-based Sonic Open Orchestra presents a concert of pleasing contradictions.

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Chamber Music Review
August 6, 2019

A Brooklyn record label showcases cutting-edge artists for three days at the Outhaus in Los Angeles.

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Chamber Music Review
August 6, 2019

Traditional Persian, Hungarian, American, and Japanese instruments and idioms inspire inventive new music.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
August 6, 2019

American Bach Soloists perform a version of the beloved score recently discovered in Lyon.

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Chamber Music Review
August 6, 2019

Jack Curtis Dubowsky’s original score accompanies a Douglas Fairbanks silent classic in live performance.

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