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!

 Los Angeles Opera  Hercules vs. Vampires? “It’s Greek to Me”
April 25, 2015
Patrick Morganelli’s operatic adaptation of the B-movie turns Italio-Grecian kitsch into modern American opera. More about Los Angeles Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Heras-Casado Leads S.F. Symphony Through Music History
April 24, 2015
The program — which explored works from Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, and Stravinsky — pit the sets of composers against each other, whether that was its intention or not. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Green Music Center   Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Tackle Beethoven, Tchaikovsky Trios
April 22, 2015
The world-traveling trio take the "Archduke" Trio and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor at a brisk pace. More about Green Music Center »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   SoundBox Composers Play With Texture and Time
April 21, 2015
Pieces featured in the final show of SoundBox’s fifth season ranged from interesting to uncomfortable. More »
 Opera San José  Droll <em>Magic Flute</em> Casts Spell at Opera San Jose
April 21, 2015
For the last production of its season, OSJ has hit the mark. More about Opera San José »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Hahn Displays Adventurous Range in S.F. Performances Recital
April 20, 2015
The violinist tackled a mammoth program at SFJAZZ Center’s main hall. More about San Francisco Performances »
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Seals a Delightful "Contract"
April 20, 2015
The period-instrument ensemble joins forces with fellows from the San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowship program to perform the Rossini opera. More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  Oberlin’s Yasuda Stuns with Barber’s Piano Concerto
April 17, 2015
The piano performance major impressed the audience at Oberlin’s Finney Chapel with a virtuosic performance. More about Oberlin Conservatory of Music »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Cypress String Quartet  Reimagining Beethoven With Help From the Cypress String Quartet
April 15, 2015

French composer Philippe Hersant’s Der Gestirnte Himmel gets its world premiere with the Bay Area-based quartet.

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 Cappella SF  Ah, Cappella—An Ethereal Evening of Choral Mastery
April 14, 2015
The relatively new group Cappella SF put on a heavenly concert at Mission Dolores Basilica. More about Cappella SF »