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!


Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Shimono and Baek Return to SSV with Fine Results
January 25, 2016
Popular guest performers, conductor Tatsuya Shimono and soloist Ju-Young Baek, returned for a concert at San Jose’s California Theatre. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players  New Music That Needs Space
January 22, 2016
The three pieces that made up San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ Jan. 19 concert played with sound as a physical presence in the environment of the concert hall. More about San Francisco Contemporary Music Players »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Ax and Urbanski: A Meeting of Magnificent Musical Minds
January 19, 2016
Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski made an astonishing debut with the San Francisco Symphony, joined by pianist Emanuel Ax. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  Pure Gold from Caroline Goulding and Santa Rosa Symphony
January 12, 2016
A star turn by a young violinist, and strong conducting from guest Mei-Ann Chen started the new year off right in at Weill Hall. More about Santa Rosa Symphony »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Ensemble San Francisco  Ensemble San Francisco Begins 2016 On a Light Note
January 11, 2016
The group lived up to its “hip, unstuffy” reputation at St. Mark’s Lutheran in San Francisco. More about Ensemble San Francisco »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Voices of Music  Italian Baroque for the Holidays by Voices of Music
December 22, 2015
The early music ensemble performed festive pieces from the Italian baroque at St. Mark’s Lutheran in San Francisco. More about Voices of Music »
Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  S.F. Ballet’s Cash Cow:  Still a Wow
December 19, 2015

The Nutcracker, in Helgi Thomasson’s 2004 production, casts a holiday glow.

More about San Francisco Ballet »
Choral REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  American Bach Soloists Excel in Joyful Christmas Story
December 15, 2015
Bach’s sumptuous and inspired Christmas Oratorio was well-served by Jeffrey Thomas’ ace musicians. More about American Bach Soloists »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Green Music Center   A Watchful Pacifica Quartet Shows What Great Ensemble Work Takes
December 14, 2015
The Pacifica Quartet communicate so strongly during a performance, they’re as engaging as the music. More about Green Music Center »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  SoundBox Goes Underground with Cabaret-Inspired Season Opener
December 14, 2015
Singer Meow Meow headlined a night of provocative, outrageous music-making. More about San Francisco Symphony »