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!


Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Kavakos Delivers Compelling Sibelius Violin Concerto
November 16, 2015
The Greek violinist joined the S.F. Symphony for an all-Sibelius segment of the program, which also included Schumann’s Symphony No. 3. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Joyce Yang Joins Alexander Quartet for Soul-Searching Schnittke
November 12, 2015
It was the lesser-known of three piano quintets that shone in an inspired performance. More about San Francisco Performances »
Choral REVIEW
 Volti  More Exciting Discoveries at Volti Choral Concert
November 10, 2015
Composer Amy Beth Kirsten has provided Volti with the right kind of challenge: one that takes the audience on an electrifying journey. More about Volti »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Wind Ensemble  The San Francisco Wind Ensemble Goes to School
November 10, 2015
The ensemble joined students from Aragon High School in the West Coast premiere of Thomas Trachsel’s The Apocalyptic. More about San Francisco Wind Ensemble »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ensemble Intercontemporain Tackles ‘Difficult’ Music
November 10, 2015
The 31-member ensemble started its residency at UC Berkeley with a performance at Hertz Hall. More about Cal Performances »
Opera REVIEW
 The Industry  Rethinking Opera With <em>Hopscotch</em>
November 9, 2015
The Industry once again creates an entirely novel, unrepeatable, music-theater experience. More about The Industry »
Dance REVIEW
 Alonzo King LINES Ballet  Fischer Adds 'Heart' to Alonzo King LINES Ballet Season Opener
November 9, 2015
The singer takes center stage with the company for the world premiere of The Propelled Heart. More about Alonzo King LINES Ballet »
Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Girls Chorus  SF Girls Chorus, TENET Go ‘Behind Convent Walls’
November 4, 2015
The chorus joined the early music ensemble in honoring 17th-century female composers. More about San Francisco Girls Chorus »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Mechanical Feats and Ecstatic Visions Appear in Adès/Cheng Recital
November 2, 2015
A technical tour-de-force of a duo recital focusing on Ades’ own music and influences. More about San Francisco Performances »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony's Bartók Concerto a Revelation
November 2, 2015
Violinist Gidon Kremer joined the symphony in bringing the composer’s love letter, Violin Concerto No. 1, to Davies. More about San Francisco Symphony »