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 Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 18, 2020

The second weekend of the LA Phil’s exploration of Weimar culture was capped by two of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s memorable collaborations.

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Chamber Music Review
February 17, 2020

The Ariel Quartet plays two of the warhorses in the repertoire, in concert at Kohl Mansion.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 17, 2020

Film composer Aaron Zigman’s Tango Manos is the highlight of this festive valentine of a concert.

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Opera Review
February 17, 2020

It’s an all-out production, and singers and orchestra shine.

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Dance Review
February 17, 2020

The dancing is admirable, but the ideas don’t pay off in Trey McIntyre’s new piece.

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Dance Review
February 15, 2020

It’s all bright on the surface, but Mark Morris’s sprightly play on perky, mid-century musical tropes has a darker side, too.

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Chamber Music Review
February 11, 2020

The power trio braids strands of music, history, sociology, and culture into a spiritual whole that transcends easy categories.

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Jazz Review
February 11, 2020

The jazz singer demonstrates her skill at excavating hidden depths in her material, and she does it all with swing and panache.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 11, 2020

Pianist Natasha Paremski brings grace to a Rachmaninoff concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 11, 2020

The SF Girls Chorus was on hand to embody that assertion.

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