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
 San Francisco Ballet  <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> Has Gorgeous Technique But Lacks Depth
May 4, 2015
Fine work from the company isn’t enough to bring Shakespeare’s tragedy to life. More about San Francisco Ballet »
Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  Opera Parallele Shines a Light on Heart of Darkness
May 4, 2015
A new chamber opera by Tarik O'Regan shows the continuing power of Conrad's story, despite some flaws. More about Opera Parallèle »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   The JACK Quartet Delivers Flawless Zorn Marathon
May 1, 2015
The musicians flawlessly played the composer’s complete string quartets — though sometimes the performance was more procedural than passionate. More »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  Cleveland Orchestra Joins Forces With Jeremy Denk, Susanna Mälkki
May 1, 2015
The orchestra, conducted by Mälkki, played through pieces by Bartók, Stravinsky, and Sibelius with jolly virtuosity. More about Oberlin Conservatory of Music »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  John Eliot Gardiner Works His Magic in <em>L’Orfeo</em>
April 29, 2015
It was a delight to see conductor and musicians alike perform Monteverdi’s 1607 “favola in musica.” More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   "Witness and Rebirth" Explores Armenian Genocide Through Music
April 29, 2015
The Fresno Philharmonic commemorated the centenary of the massacre at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. More »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 California Bach Society  An Enchanting Mix of Cal Bach and Guitar
April 28, 2015
The California Bach Society’s "An Italian Lineage" explored an intriguing mix of composers from the 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries. More about California Bach Society »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Tangents Guitar Series  Tangents Guitar Series Explores Music of James Tenney
April 28, 2015
The series presents a retrospective program of music for guitars by the experimental composer. More about Tangents Guitar Series »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Elevate Ensemble  Elevate Ensemble Pushes Through Highs and Lows
April 27, 2015
Despite moments of clutter, the young collective put on a memorable performance. More about Elevate Ensemble »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  Accomplished Friction Quartet Plays Adams, World Premieres
April 27, 2015
The quartet performed premieres from composers Eric Tran and Max Stoffregen at Old First Church. More about Old First Concerts »