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
 West Bay Opera  A Lively <em>Seraglio</em> from West Bay Opera
February 16, 2015

The Palo Alto-based company offers up a mostly pleasing, musically erratic Abduction from the Seraglio

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Schick and SoundBox: A Winning Combination
February 16, 2015
Despite wrinkles in the format, the Symphony's hip new series continues to impress. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Turns Heads At Mondavi Center
February 16, 2015
After two decades away, Geneva's Orchestre de la Suisse Romande returns and triumphs on their U.S. tour at UC Davis. More about Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Lisa Delan Recital a Pure Delight
February 15, 2015

In a recital that was almost a house concert, the music was well-served.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  New Music Gathering A Huge Success at S.F. Conservatory
February 12, 2015

Last month, a spirit of innovation and inclusion reigned as practioners and devotees of contemporary music performed and traded ideas.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  Martha & Monica Up the Ante in Their Latest Recital
February 12, 2015

The cello-piano duo took their audience on an intellectual and emotional journey into the inner workings of the mind and soul of the artist.

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Opera REVIEW
 Opera San José  <em>Where Angels Fear to Tread</em> Loses Its Way
February 11, 2015

Mark Lanz Weiser's opera, at Opera San Jose, misses the mark

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Explores Music of Bach's Cousins
February 10, 2015

Bach's musical cousins got a highly satisfactory hearing from the historical performance specialists.

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Opera REVIEW
 Los Angeles Opera  <em>Ghosts of Versailles</em> Back From the Dead
February 10, 2015

Los Angeles Opera breathes new life into John Corigliano’s brilliant, if overlong, opera.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
   Corey Dargel Doles Out Easygoing Ironies in Song
February 9, 2015

The indie-classical composer’s quirky, trademark style gets a few new twists in his latest song collection.

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