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!


Dance Review
March 29, 2019

Brilliant dancing isn’t enough to rescue S.F Ballet’s world premiere of a new Yuri Possokhov work.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 26, 2019

The orchestra showcases great music banned by oppressive regimes.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 26, 2019

The offbeat orchestra creates an intriguing evening of music with a patriotic tinge and a rare symphony from the 1840s.

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Jazz Review
March 26, 2019

The inventive duo joins forces with percussionist Tupac Mantilla in a set of John Zorn pieces.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
March 26, 2019

From soloists to orchestra to chorus, the musicians come together as a powerful whole.

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Opera Review
March 26, 2019

The Two Widows bubbles over with life’s sorrows and joys.

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Chamber Music Review
March 26, 2019

Highlights include a Florence Price piano sonata and a swinging new arrangement of a Duke Ellington classic.

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Chamber Music Review
March 26, 2019

The acclaimed ensemble is transcendent in the composer’s rarely heard quartets.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 26, 2019

Mozart sets the stage, with Jeffrey Kahane returning to the podium — and the piano.

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Opera Review
March 25, 2019

Laura Kaminsky’s opera tells a big story with just two voices and bare-bones staging.

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