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!


Opera Review
September 16, 2019

Strong performances bolster Barrie Kosky’s edgy production of the Puccini favorite.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 13, 2019

The dramatic work showcases the powerful 25-year partnership between conductor and orchestra.

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New Music Review
September 13, 2019

The new-music group debuts the 14-movement URSA: an interstellar cantata at Monk Space.

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Jazz Review
September 10, 2019

The 89-year-old piano master opens SFJAZZ’s season.

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New Music Review
September 10, 2019

Two new-music duos, Aperture Duo and Autoduplicity, engage in wanton acts of performance.

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Opera Review
September 9, 2019

All the elements coalesce in this provocative interpretation of Melville’s dark novella.

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Opera Review
September 9, 2019

The local favorite fronts a powerful cast in SF Opera’s Roméo et Juliette.

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New Music Review
September 6, 2019

Performers of all stripes gather to explore the extremes of contemporary vocal music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 6, 2019

Conductor Ludovic Morlot helped make it all sound spontaneous.

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Jazz Review
September 3, 2019

The new trio-in-residence intertwines ideas and tones at the California Jazz Conservatory.

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