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!


Opera Review
April 29, 2019

Contemporary agitprop meets Philip Glass’s Kafkaesque opera.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 29, 2019

James Gaffigan steers the orchestra in intriguing directions in a concert ranging from Mozart to Barber.

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Opera Review
April 26, 2019

A series of unusual challenges led up to the performance, but nothing can hinder these young stars.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 22, 2019

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Sellars explore the lost world of Persèphone.

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Jazz Review
April 22, 2019

With a new album in tow, trombonist/composer Siegel leads a fresh and unusual set at The Octopus Literary Salon.

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Modern Classical Review
April 22, 2019

People Inside Electronics hosts “place/displace” at Villa Aurora.

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Choral Review
April 20, 2019

The choral group makes new music easy to listen to.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 19, 2019

Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik shines brightest in a bevy of glittering soloists.

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Jazz Review
April 16, 2019

The influential guitarist’s trio plays new interpretations of the American Songbook and canonical jazz tunes.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 16, 2019

Salonen’s “Faith” concert with the LA Phil celebrates the vitality of the composer’s final years.

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