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
March 14, 2017

Marek Janowski brought strongly individual ideas to Hindemith’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony.

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Opera Review
March 14, 2017

Long Beach Opera’s The Perfect American examines the life of the visionary animator.

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Opera Review
March 14, 2017

A rare performance by the Italian soprano delivers Poulenc’s monodrama of misery and longing.

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Dance Review
March 14, 2017

The latest collaboration between Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young grapples with personal tragedy and PTSD.

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Dance Review
March 12, 2017

San Francisco Ballet loses its head.

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Chamber Music Review
March 7, 2017

The student-run Hot Air Festival at S.F. Conservatory is always fresh, with a few highlights for new music fans.

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Chamber Music Review
March 7, 2017

Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio is just one highlight in a strong program from the Gold Coast Chamber Players.

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Recital Review
March 7, 2017

The cellist’s Forward Music Project brings social issues affecting women to the fore.

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Choral Review
March 7, 2017

The ensemble achieved sublimity in their rendition of a movement from Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.

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Opera Review
March 7, 2017

A gentle comic take on Cervantes’ famous novel, with a lovely score.

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