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 8, 2017

A pick-up quintet of great classical musicians joins McBride for Dvořák and Schubert at SFJAZZ.

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Youth Ensembles/Student Performances Review
October 3, 2017

Here’s what we heard at the inaugural concert of the Conservatory’s new Roots, Jazz, and American Music program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 3, 2017

The American pianist made child’s play of a notoriously difficult concerto.

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Recital Review
October 3, 2017

The gifted mezzo-soprano conveyed the hits and some lesser surprises with grace and musicality.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 26, 2017

With a world premiere and Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, New Century Chamber Orchestra dazzled in their season opener.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 26, 2017

A nostalgia-tinged program contrasted an intriguing, new American composition with Mahler’s Fourth.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 26, 2017

In a tribute to Bernstein’s centenary, San Francisco Symphony features the composer in theatrical mode.

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Dance Review
September 25, 2017

Strong dancing marks an auspicious beginning to the company’s 24th season.

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Opera Review
September 25, 2017

Glittery sets and costumes aren’t enough to save this tired production.

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Recital Review
September 20, 2017

Amit Peled’s recital embraced the audience in a way that was genuinely intimate and unforced.

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