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!


Modern Classical REVIEW
 Presidio Officers' Club  Young Telegraph Quartet Delights in American Quartets
June 3, 2015
The quartet played for a smaller crowd in the intimate setting of the Presidio Officers’ Club. More about Presidio Officers' Club »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Los Angeles Philharmonic  Los Angeles Philharmonic Dives Deep Into New American Music
June 2, 2015
The Next on Grand festival offers a wide window into contemporary American music. More about Los Angeles Philharmonic »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Dutoit Delivers With Stravinsky and Mussorgsky
June 2, 2015
The maestro led the symphony with casually controlled theatricality and an air of mischief. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  New Century Chamber Orchestra Soars with Bermel’s <em>Murmurations</em>
June 1, 2015
Derek Bermel’s 2015 work received its West Coast premiere by the ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. More about San Francisco Conservatory of Music »
Opera REVIEW
 West Bay Opera  Not a Dull Moment in West Bay Opera’s Dystopian <em>Faust</em>
May 25, 2015
The ambitious production overcomes what appeared to be opening night jitters with its fantastic cast. More about West Bay Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Finally Brings Character to Bartók
May 22, 2015
An exciting performance of Concerto for Orchestra caps off an evening that included pieces from Samuel Carl Adams and Mozart. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Center for New Music  Now Hear Ensemble Rolls Through Bay Area Premieres
May 21, 2015
The group, performing at the Center for New Music, experiments with wheels to generate sound. More about Center for New Music »
Choral REVIEW
 Volti  The Journey That Is <em>Pandora’s Gift</em>
May 20, 2015
Volti’s Pandora’s Gift, performed with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, leaves a lasting visual impression. More about Volti »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Earplay  A Mixed Bag of Premieres Ends Earplay’s 30th Anniversary Season
May 20, 2015
High level of musicianship from the Earplayers lifts up a diverse program with hits and misses. More about Earplay »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Too-Clever S.F. Symphony Performance Spoils Cage’s <em>Renga</em>
May 19, 2015
What happens when indeterminate music’s “happy accidents” are not so accidental? More about San Francisco Symphony »