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
September 26, 2017

In a tribute to Bernstein’s centenary, San Francisco Symphony features the composer in theatrical mode.

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Dance Review
September 25, 2017

Strong dancing marks an auspicious beginning to the company’s 24th season.

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Opera Review
September 25, 2017

Glittery sets and costumes aren’t enough to save this tired production.

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Recital Review
September 20, 2017

Amit Peled’s recital embraced the audience in a way that was genuinely intimate and unforced.

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Recital Review
September 19, 2017

The intimate venue and well-chosen program prove a good match for the charming baritone in this inaugural matinee.

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Recital Review
September 12, 2017

Four years off of a Cliburn Competition Bronze Medal, the pianist delves into unfamiliar material with confidence and insight.

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Festival Review
September 12, 2017

Aficionados celebrate an eclectic range of new (and even old) electronic music at the 18th annual festival.

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Recital Review
September 12, 2017

Exploring Memphis soul may turn off purists, but the jazz great channels this music with ease and power.

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Opera Review
September 12, 2017

The innovative company’s anachronistic La Circe is a zany take on a wild opera.

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Opera Review
September 11, 2017

The much-loved, much-seen show, with its opulent designs, opens the season with a lukewarm cast.

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