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
June 13, 2017

The audience jumps to its feet for S.F. Symphony’s performance of a work that once inspired a riot.

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Opera Review
June 13, 2017

S.F. Opera unveils a revival with spotty singing, less effective acting.

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Opera Review
June 6, 2017

The success of this summer “reboot” hinges on the music, not the production.

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Opera Review
June 2, 2017

The baritone created something special out of a shopworn production.

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Chamber Music Review
May 30, 2017

Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio was only on the program in commemoration of the composer’s anniversary. But the audience loved it.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2017

Strauss’s complex, modern opera is lifted by strong performances on stage and in the pit.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2017

Philip Glass’s beautiful dance-opera adaptation of a thorny Jean Cocteau theme gets the first-rate production and performance it deserves.

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Chamber Music Review
May 28, 2017

Catherine Cook and the Music of Remembrance Ensemble deliver powerful music inspired by Holocaust horrors.

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Chamber Music Review
May 23, 2017

The Sitkovetsky Trio and David Shifrin deliver an emotionally complex, vibrant program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 19, 2017

In one of her final concerts with the ensemble, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg leads a program of NCCO-commissioned works, including a standout composition by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

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