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!


Choral Review
May 20, 2019

Peter Sellars’s masterful, minimalist direction provides the perfect setting for LAMC’s powerful performance.

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Youth Ensembles/Student Performances Review
May 14, 2019

Students from the School of Music and Dance excel in a production-heavy performance.

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Recital Review
May 14, 2019

The composer’s Eleven Bagatelles for the Piano, performed by pianist Inna Faliks, has brilliant parts but no through line.

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Chamber Music Review
May 14, 2019

The group brings an experimental touch to every piece of repertoire, from a medieval rondeau to Elliott Carter.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 14, 2019

A collaboration with Marcus Roberts’s jazz trio opens new musical avenues for the NCCO.

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Jazz Review
May 14, 2019

The octogenarian jazzman sets the Black Cat ablaze with his fiery trio.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 14, 2019

Bernstein’s still-vibrant musical gets a thrilling account at the Paramount from the Oakland Symphony and a bevy of strong soloists and choirs.

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Modern Classical Review
May 13, 2019

Even Natalie Portman gets in on the act in the composer’s “Archives, Friends, Patterns” show.

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Dance Review
May 13, 2019

The troupe’s mélange of percussive dance with cutting-edge electronics and live music brings down the house at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 13, 2019

The premiere of Inferno is just part of the evening-length ballet envisioned by the prolific composer.

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