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!


Non-Western Classical Music Review
May 6, 2019

The latest iteration of the multicultural collaboration explores the idea of the heroic gesture.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 6, 2019

The pianist’s reading of a Shostakovich concerto brings out the best in the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 6, 2019

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a Louis Andriessen premiere and two classics at Walt Disney Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 6, 2019

Two SSV favorites, Tatsuya Shimono and Jon Nakamatsu, anchor an all-around brilliant concert.

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Jazz Review
May 6, 2019

The 14-member ensemble has the audience at SFJAZZ dancing and clapping along.

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Recital Review
April 30, 2019

A varied program from Bach to Avner Dorman is given cohesion by Shaham and pianist Akira Eguchi.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 29, 2019

Oliver Herbert solos in Elgar’s Cello Concerto and the orchestra airs Beethoven’s “Eroica.”

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 29, 2019

The conductor charms listeners and demonstrates his skill in a concert pairing a Bryce Dessner song cycle with Mozart’s Requiem.

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Opera Review
April 29, 2019

Contemporary agitprop meets Philip Glass’s Kafkaesque opera.

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Chamber Music Review
April 29, 2019

New compositions sound fresh on Baroque-style instruments at the Center for New Music.

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