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
   SoundBox Composers Play With Texture and Time
April 21, 2015
Pieces featured in the final show of SoundBox’s fifth season ranged from interesting to uncomfortable. More »
Opera REVIEW
 Opera San José  Droll <em>Magic Flute</em> Casts Spell at Opera San Jose
April 21, 2015
For the last production of its season, OSJ has hit the mark. More about Opera San José »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Hahn Displays Adventurous Range in S.F. Performances Recital
April 20, 2015
The violinist tackled a mammoth program at SFJAZZ Center’s main hall. More about San Francisco Performances »
Opera REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Seals a Delightful "Contract"
April 20, 2015
The period-instrument ensemble joins forces with fellows from the San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowship program to perform the Rossini opera. More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  Oberlin’s Yasuda Stuns with Barber’s Piano Concerto
April 17, 2015
The piano performance major impressed the audience at Oberlin’s Finney Chapel with a virtuosic performance. More about Oberlin Conservatory of Music »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Cypress String Quartet  Reimagining Beethoven With Help From the Cypress String Quartet
April 15, 2015

French composer Philippe Hersant’s Der Gestirnte Himmel gets its world premiere with the Bay Area-based quartet.

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Choral REVIEW
 Cappella SF  Ah, Cappella—An Ethereal Evening of Choral Mastery
April 14, 2015
The relatively new group Cappella SF put on a heavenly concert at Mission Dolores Basilica. More about Cappella SF »
Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ian Bostridge Goes to War at Berkeley’s Hertz Hall
April 13, 2015
The English tenor lent his voice to dark material at a performance of “The Music and Poetry of the Great War.” More about Cal Performances »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Mostly Mozart With a Touch of Modern at Stanford
April 13, 2015
The Australian Chamber Orchestra performed Mozart, Haydn, and a work by Jonny Greenwood, better known as the guitarist from Radiohead. More about Stanford Live »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Joshua Bell Joins S.F. Symphony for Passionate Tchaikovsky Concerto
April 13, 2015
The violinist was virtuosic as ever, leaving the audience begging for an encore. More about San Francisco Symphony »