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!


Modern Classical Review
October 29, 2018

Impeccable performances lifted a range of musical ideas — fresh and otherwise — at the biennial Rubin Institute concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2018

Violinist Ray Chen dazzles his adoring fans in Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2018

LACO shows its strengths throughout the challenging, unusual program from Seattle Symphony’s upcoming music director.

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Choral Review
October 23, 2018

Bold performances of music by Arvo Pärt and Zoltan Kodaly highlight the annual Stained Glass concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 23, 2018

In three works from the 1980s and ’90s, SFCMP shows Carter’s more genial side.

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Recital Review
October 23, 2018

Virtuosos Kyle Bruckmann and Chris Froh delivered a tour-de-force program of contemporary music.

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Chamber Music Review
October 23, 2018

Their “Music for Change” program features composers from countries in Africa and Asia hit by the travel ban.

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Dance Review
October 23, 2018

Körper examines the very essence of our corporeal existence.

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Opera Review
October 23, 2018

Going strong at 77, the Spanish singer finds powerful, fresh expression in concert with two rising stars and the S.F. Opera Orchestra.

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Opera Review
October 23, 2018

Philip Glass’s portrait of Gandhi’s early career is vital and suggestive in the celebrated production by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch.

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