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!


Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  From Rote <em>Tears</em> to Ravishing <em>Lands</em> at S.F. Ballet
February 18, 2014

Program 2 at the S.F. Ballet moves from a rather rote Tears onto delight in From Foreign Lands and a radiance in Borderlands

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Old and New Stand-Alone: Jay Campbell Debut Series
February 16, 2014

At Mondavi Center, cellist Jay Campbell and accompanist Conor Hanick present works that stand on their own, without reference to musical history and influence.

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Opera REVIEW
 West Bay Opera  <em>Elixir</em>, Slow to Build Steam, Reveals Star Power
February 16, 2014

After a slow start to Donizetti's L’elisir d’amore at West Bay Opera, outstanding performances soon make up for it.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Machover Opera: Do <em>Not</em> Turn Off Your Cell Phones
February 16, 2014

Techno savvy Composer Machover streams a “worldwide” opera <em>Death and the Powers</em>.

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Opera REVIEW
 Opera San José  Tears and Shock at Opera San José's <em>Madama Butterfly</em>
February 16, 2014

The glory and grandness of Puccini and the heart-rending Butterfly of Cecilia Violetta López is on display at the Opera San José.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  Shining the Light on the Vikings at Santa Rosa Symphony
February 16, 2014

A fuller than usual crowd gathered for the Santa Rosa Symphony concert on Sunday afternoon. One reason may have been the "Sons of the Fjord" program.

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Dance REVIEW
 Ballet San Jose  Ballet San Jose Serenades Its Audience
February 14, 2014

After shaking off some initial jitters the Ballet San Jose works its magic and sets the footing for a strong relationship with the audience to come.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet Hamburg Ballet Fun, Nebulous <em>Dream</em>: Hamburg Ballet
February 12, 2014

John Neumeier and the Hamburg Ballet's Midsummer Night's Dream isn't just neoclassicism on a grand scale, with dazzling costumes, magical settings, a full orchestra, and plenty of fine dancers — it's great fun.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  Eight Is Enough: For a Party
February 9, 2014

Four pianists vying for the keyboard can be delightful, as demonstrated in a recital of French and American works at Music@Menlo.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  An Anniversary for an Inspiration
February 8, 2014

One of this year’s birthday composers, C.P.E. Bach (born 1714), was the inspiration for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s performance.

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