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
May 23, 2017

The Sitkovetsky Trio and David Shifrin deliver an emotionally complex, vibrant program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 19, 2017

In one of her final concerts with the ensemble, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg leads a program of NCCO-commissioned works, including a standout composition by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

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Recital Review
May 19, 2017

The soprano offers a rare bouquet, delivered with splendid technique and expressiveness.

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Choral Review
May 16, 2017

It’s not easy to produce a good performance of Stockhausen’s tricky, modernist masterpiece, but credit to Voices of Silicon Valley for trying.

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Chamber Music Review
May 12, 2017

Japanese chamber opera informs the composer’s multimedia A Line Becomes a Circle

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 12, 2017

It’s an unusual mix of instruments, but Ensemble Mise-En makes it work.

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Dance Review
May 12, 2017

Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s dance version of the Tennessee Williams classic pulls no punches.

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Choral Review
May 9, 2017

Brilliant vocal soloists and solid playing from a group of new faces in the ABS orchestra enlivened Handel's oratorio.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2017

California Symphony contrasted Visconti’s lyrical concerto with big-boned, dramatic works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2017

Charles Dutoit elicited powerful, emotional music from an augmented S.F. Symphony.

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