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!

Recital REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Anonymous 4 Revisit Music of the Civil War
March 10, 2015

Touring behind the release of 1865, their last album together, Anonymous 4 focused on a classic repertoire of American song.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Adès's <em>In Seven Days</em> Comes Up Short
March 10, 2015

The composer Thomas Adès did not impress SFCV's reviewer any more than the conductor Adès did.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 New Century Chamber Orchestra  New Century In the Swing With Dicterow
March 10, 2015

A suite by Edvard Grieg was the surprise highlight of a lively concert.

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 Island City Opera  Island City Opera Proves Its Worth
March 10, 2015

In the second production of its inaugural season, Eileen Meredith's company delivered a well-cast double bill.

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Festival REVIEW
 Other Minds  Playful Music Captures Other Minds' Spirit
March 9, 2015

The new music festival brought back artists from its previous 20 years, all of them impressively creative still.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Sasha Cooke Triumphs Over Uneven Program
March 8, 2015

The mezzo soprano's recital in San Francisco with pianist Julius Drake offered rich payoffs in the middle of the program, oddities at the beginning and end.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 The Oberlin Trio  Oberlin Trio Taps Into Emotional Extremes
March 6, 2015

From the blissful grace of Haydn to the turmoil of Shostakovich, the Oberlin Trio played with great depth of feeling.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oakland East Bay Symphony  OSA Students Warm to Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Gershwin
March 5, 2015

Joyous Gershwin, overwhelming Shostakovich: Here are Oakland School of the Arts students’ reactions to a most unusual concert combination.

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 San Francisco Ballet  From Robbins to Hummingbirds, S.F. Ballet Soars
March 5, 2015

Two masterful evocations of human togetherness shared the bill in S.F. Ballet's latest program.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
   L.A.’s Formalist Quartet Gets Blood Flowing at Frozen Oberlin
March 5, 2015
LA string ensemble the Formalist Quartet warmed snowy Ohio’s Oberlin campus with a passionate flurry of its own. More »