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!


Festival Review
November 9, 2016

A new documentary explores many facets of the noted philanthropist and composer.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

Conrad Tao isn’t an ordinary 22-year-old piano prodigy. He provided some surprises at the Peninsula Symphony’s season opener.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

The Korean winner of the Chopin Competition transcends high expectations in his collaboration with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Leslie Swackhamer’s revival of the Jun Kaneko production at S.F. Opera is as forcefully anti-imperialist as the opera will allow.

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Chamber Music Review
November 8, 2016

Like overgrown kids playing in a sandbox, this percussion ensemble played a concert of new music that lifted spirits and attracted some young fans.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Phelim McDermott, the wizard behind the 2007 English National Opera production of Satyagraha, comes through again with a spectacular staging of a brilliant but difficult show.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

The pianist’s lightning-fast concerto was just one highlight in a solid program from the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

SFO’s militantly fresh approach eschews the camels and kitsch and highlights outstanding performances, potent choreography, and unapologetically modern design.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 2, 2016

A dazzling composition inspired by video-game conventions is the highlight of a perfect Halloween program.

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Opera Review
November 1, 2016

Artist in residence Matthew Aucoin created and conducted a new pastiche score for F.W. Murnau’s classic film that was surprisingly moving.

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