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!


CD Review
March 24, 2020

The orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas lends a helping hand to anyone who’s ever been perplexed by Ives’s symphonies.

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CD Review
March 24, 2020

The jazz singer’s lyrics on Secrets Are the Best Stories reveal his roots in divinity school.

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New Music Review
March 10, 2020

The “spoken-word chamber opera” created with Kronos Quartet and Youth Speaks lays out a vision of San Francisco through poetry and personal narrative.

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Dance Review
March 10, 2020

The Joffrey Ballet offers a sea of delights at Cal Performances.

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Recital Review
March 9, 2020

The online-only recital features spirited renditions of modern American songs.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 9, 2020

Jazz takes center stage with the LA Phil and the octogenarian keyboard wizard.

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Chamber Music Review
March 7, 2020

Violinist Michael Barenboim leads a spirited string octet dedicated to building unity through musical conversation.

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New Music Review
March 7, 2020

The International Contemporary Ensemble beautifully animates the composer’s delicate, nature-inspired works.

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Jazz Review
March 3, 2020

The Cuban pianist brings perfect playmates to Yoshi’s for his ever-evolving musical vision.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 3, 2020

The virtuoso violinist is more than a match for Paganini’s show-stopper concerto.

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