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!


Choral REVIEW
 California Bach Society  Cal Bach Society Revives Zelenka’s ‘Bohemian Masterpiece’
October 20, 2015
Cal Bach Society celebrated the opening of its 45th season with a fine performance of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Votiva. More about California Bach Society »
Dance REVIEW
 Silicon Valley Ballet  Silicon Valley Ballet’s <em>Giselle</em>: It Isn’t So Alonso
October 20, 2015
The company presented Giselle as choreographed by Alicia Alonso, founder of the Cuban National Ballet. More about Silicon Valley Ballet »
Choral REVIEW
   Anonymous 4 Bid Adieu in Character
October 20, 2015
The a cappella vocal quartet take a final turn through the repertory they did so much to reanimate. More »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Susanna Mälkki, Christian Tetzlaff Make Magic with S.F. Symphony
October 19, 2015
Guest conductor Mälkki led the symphony through a program of Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Opera REVIEW
 West Bay Opera  West Bay Opera’s <em>Rigoletto</em>: High on Tradition, Low on Drama
October 19, 2015
Opera traditionalists will find plenty to like about West Bay Opera’s production, which lacks surprises. More about West Bay Opera »
Dance REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Twyla Tharp Doesn’t Look Back for 50th Anniversary Tour
October 19, 2015
The choreographer brought everything from Bach to jazz to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. More about Cal Performances »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Berkeley Symphony Explores Light Music
October 19, 2015
In Kaija Saariaho’s Laterna Magica and Hector Berlioz’s Les nuits d’ete, sound color is deployed in the evocation of light. More about Berkeley Symphony »
Opera REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Revives the Glory of Spring
October 13, 2015
Nicholas McGegan and the orchestra resuscitate Alessandro Scarlatti’s often forgotten work with help from an impressive group of singers. More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  Piano Duo Syncs With Santa Rosa Symphony in Concertos
October 13, 2015
Christina and Michelle Naughton were the highlight of the orchestra’s October concert set. More about Santa Rosa Symphony »
Opera REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Jonathan Berger’s <em>My Lai</em> Small in Numbers, Large in Impact
October 12, 2015
Tenor Rinde Eckert, the Kronos Quartet, and Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ are collectively powerful in this new opera. More about Stanford Live »