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!


Modern Classical Review
May 21, 2019

Shape-note singing, the sounds of an artificial-intelligence “baby,” and bone-rattling bass shake the rafters.

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Recital Review
May 21, 2019

Sarah Cahill and Regina Myers offer a recital of works themed around social justice, some subtle, some not so subtle.

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Choral Review
May 20, 2019

Peter Sellars’s masterful, minimalist direction provides the perfect setting for LAMC’s powerful performance.

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Modern Classical Review
May 20, 2019

Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, and John Zorn improvise their way to new musical horizons.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 20, 2019

SFSYO’s Young Mahlerites are taking the music to the Old World — again.

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Youth Ensembles/Student Performances Review
May 14, 2019

Students from the School of Music and Dance excel in a production-heavy performance.

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Recital Review
May 14, 2019

The composer’s Eleven Bagatelles for the Piano, performed by pianist Inna Faliks, has brilliant parts but no through line.

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Chamber Music Review
May 14, 2019

The group brings an experimental touch to every piece of repertoire, from a medieval rondeau to Elliott Carter.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 14, 2019

A collaboration with Marcus Roberts’s jazz trio opens new musical avenues for the NCCO.

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Jazz Review
May 14, 2019

The octogenarian jazzman sets the Black Cat ablaze with his fiery trio.

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