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 Music REVIEW
 New Esterházy Quartet  Christine Brandes Stands Out in New Esterházy’s All-Haydn Program
June 8, 2015

The soprano’s performance of Arianna a Naxos lights up the room after an opening plagued with intonation and communication issues.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival  The World Comes to San Francisco for Ethnic Dance Festival
June 8, 2015
The festival brings 300 Bay Area dancers and musicians representing a wide array of cultures to the Palace of the Fine Arts. More about San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Left Coast Chamber Ensemble  Left Coast Goes to the Museum, Brings Home Six Brilliant Works
June 3, 2015
The concert featured works from young composers inspired by two sculptures housed in the de Young Museum’s Gallery 16. More about Left Coast Chamber Ensemble »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Presidio Officers' Club  Young Telegraph Quartet Delights in American Quartets
June 3, 2015
The quartet played for a smaller crowd in the intimate setting of the Presidio Officers’ Club. More about Presidio Officers' Club »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Los Angeles Philharmonic  Los Angeles Philharmonic Dives Deep Into New American Music
June 2, 2015
The Next on Grand festival offers a wide window into contemporary American music. More about Los Angeles Philharmonic »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Dutoit Delivers With Stravinsky and Mussorgsky
June 2, 2015
The maestro led the symphony with casually controlled theatricality and an air of mischief. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  New Century Chamber Orchestra Soars with Bermel’s <em>Murmurations</em>
June 1, 2015
Derek Bermel’s 2015 work received its West Coast premiere by the ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. More about San Francisco Conservatory of Music »
Opera REVIEW
 West Bay Opera  Not a Dull Moment in West Bay Opera’s Dystopian <em>Faust</em>
May 25, 2015
The ambitious production overcomes what appeared to be opening night jitters with its fantastic cast. More about West Bay Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Finally Brings Character to Bartók
May 22, 2015
An exciting performance of Concerto for Orchestra caps off an evening that included pieces from Samuel Carl Adams and Mozart. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Center for New Music  Now Hear Ensemble Rolls Through Bay Area Premieres
May 21, 2015
The group, performing at the Center for New Music, experiments with wheels to generate sound. More about Center for New Music »