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
 Earplay  Earplay Excels in Quiet Celebration
March 18, 2015
The new music dynamo continues its anniversary season by focusing on the legacies of local composers. More about Earplay »
Dance REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Joffrey Ballet: An Eclectic Troupe's Modern Trip
March 17, 2015

The ever-cutting edge company has a ball with new works by Ekman, Caniparoli, Welch, and Possokhov.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Symphony Silicon Valley Showcases "Gentleman" Shostakovich
March 17, 2015
Program takes a pleasing look at the cheerful and half-serious sides of the composer. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Navigating the Shifting Seas of Boulez’ Solo Compositions
March 17, 2015

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich successfully steer through the composer’s most challenging works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony, Ton Koopman Party with Haydn
March 17, 2015

The Dutch conductor’s work with the San Francisco Symphony leads to remarkable results.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Tanya Tagaq Creates Mesmerizing Score for Nanook
March 17, 2015

The Inuit throat singer brings emotional depth to the landmark 1922 documentary.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Surprises with a Variety of Vivaldi
March 16, 2015

It takes an orchestra as good as Philharmonia Baroque and a soloist like Rachel Podger to showcase Vivaldi’s protean imagination.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 Switchboard Music Festival  Switchboard Presents: Something for All Tastes
March 15, 2015

As a sampling of Switchboard’s genre-blurring monthly “new music” series, the lineup for the March edition in the Tenderloin was perfectly eclectic.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Cal Performances  A Perfect Partnership: Wu Han and David Finckel
March 11, 2015

The power couple of chamber music played and breathe as one in this recital.

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Recital REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Anonymous 4 Revisit Music of the Civil War
March 10, 2015

Touring behind the release of 1865, their last album together, Anonymous 4 focused on a classic repertoire of American song.

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