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!


Dance REVIEW
   Delving Deeper with Sankai Juku
October 12, 2015
Despite some familiar touches in its performance of Umusuna (Memories Before History), the Butoh dance troupe Sankai Juku remains surprising. More »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  A ‘Futuristic’ Lucia Offers Nothing New But Plenty to Enjoy
October 12, 2015
S.F. Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor lacks novelty but packs the satisfying emotional punch of well-delivered tragedy. More about San Francisco Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Master of Piano Conquers as Maestro of Orchestra
October 8, 2015
András Schiff led the S.F. Symphony through a fantastic if oddly organized program. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Non-Western Classical Music REVIEW
 Indian Classical Music and Arts Foundation  'Melange' Brings An Evening of Indian Classical Music to SF
October 7, 2015
The concert, presented by the Indian Classical Music and Arts foundation, covered centuries of Indian classical music, represented by diverse regions of the sub-continent. More about Indian Classical Music and Arts Foundation »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Delivers Hearne's <em>Dispatches</em> With Dose of Tchaikovsky
October 6, 2015
Filled with music and ideas from outside the concert hall, Ted Hearne's new work opens doors, but it was not the only fresh performance at Davies this past week. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Recital REVIEW
 Bay Area Cabaret  Stephanie Blythe Toasts Kate Smith in Engaging Show
October 6, 2015

A cabaret evening of Kate Smith songs created by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Symphony Silicon Valley Pays Tribute to George Cleve
October 6, 2015
The orchestra dedicated its season opener to the maestro with a program of Beethoven and Schumann. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass  Kronos Adds Classy Gloss to Big Star Tribute at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 6, 2015
The Kronos Quartet joined other artists in paying tribute to the legendary 1970s power pop band Big Star and their “lost” third album. More about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   A <em>Glorious</em> Voyage Through Music
October 6, 2015
Lisa Mezzacappa’s ode to the legacy of women explorers was itself adventurous, showing little need for genre boundaries. More »
Dance REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ratmansky's Great <em>Cinderella</em> A Cinder-riddle
October 5, 2015
The Mariinsky dancers make the most of Prokofiev’s ballet, despite a few interpretive head-scratchers. More about Cal Performances »