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 Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 25, 2019

Eric K and ensemble add some spice to Copland’s El Salón México.

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Jazz Review
November 25, 2019

The genre-jumping ensemble fulfills its early promise with an adventurous show at Disney Concert Hall.

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Opera Review
November 25, 2019

Contralto Sara Couden’s double-role performance stands out in Ars Minerva’s latest re-creation of a forgotten opera.

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Opera Review
November 25, 2019

Baritone Marcus Lonardo stands out in the Opera and Musical Theatre Program’s November concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 25, 2019

With Leif Ove Andsnes as soloist in Mozart’s Concerto No. 22, the concert could have been special, but just missed the mark.

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New Music Review
November 22, 2019

Spectral music was the theme of this unusual concert with “period” electronic instruments.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 19, 2019

Missy Mazzoli, Jaime Martín, and the LACO turn toward previous centuries at Royce.

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Opera Review
November 19, 2019

New Opera West presents five “pop-up” operas.

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Opera Review
November 19, 2019

LA Opera’s latest wakes up an audience in the wake of #MeToo.

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Jazz Review
November 19, 2019

The brilliant vocalist channels the best of the past while keeping her focus resolutely on the future.

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