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
October 21, 2019

The young group shines brightest in the more intimate passages of trios by Schubert, Brahms, and Shostakovich.

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Opera Review
October 21, 2019

Soprano Christina Major brings power and fury to the role of Abigaile in an opera that remains surprisingly relevant.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 21, 2019

The new concerto is tailored to showcase percussionist Jacob Nissly’s formidable chops.

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Musical Theater Review
October 21, 2019

The Los Angeles baritone is up-close and personal in a cabaret show at Boston Court Pasadena.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 15, 2019

A trip to the Oakland Symphony tells you a lot about the deep connections of the orchestra to its community.

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Modern Classical Review
October 15, 2019

A piano quartet from Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks gets the audience on its feet.

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Chamber Music Review
October 14, 2019

Although the composer’s music is touted as avant-garde, the lovely sounds offered at Bing were anything but.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 14, 2019

LA Phil catches fire with a pan-American concert of old favorites and a world premiere.

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Opera Review
October 14, 2019

Every detail of performance and staging contributes to making Michael Cavanagh’s reimagined production a feast for the ears and eyes.

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Opera Review
October 14, 2019

An all-star cast, including Renée Fleming, sings splendidly, but the show skirts many of the issues it raises.

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