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!


Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Life After Ballet: Wendy Whelan in <em>Restless Creature</em>
January 22, 2015

Only months after retiring from the New York City Ballet at 47, the famous principal ballerina performs new works by four male choreographers who also dance with her on stage.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  The Big Birthday Bash: MTT at 70
January 21, 2015

A night of stars that felt more like a great, improvised house concert, full of wit and humor.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Time Travel to the ‘20s with Nakamatsu and Symphony Silicon Valley
January 21, 2015

Jon Nakamatsu teamed with Symphony Silicon Valley, the 1927-designed California Theatre, and works by Gershwin and Ravel to transport audiences back to the roaring ‘20s.

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Opera REVIEW
 Long Beach Opera  Long Beach Opera Delivers a Bloodless <em>Thérèse Raquin.</em>
January 21, 2015

Tobias Picker's opera is revived by the adventurous, if shoestring-budgeted, Los Angeles company.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Another John Adams Homage to Beethoven
January 20, 2015
Continuing on from Infinite Jest, John Adams continues to mine Beethoven for musical ideas. More about Stanford Live »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Monsters, Rodents and Superheroes Under L.A. Philharmonic's Green Umbrella
January 19, 2015

The Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series harbors a Frankenstein and other offbeat works conducted by John Adams.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Adès' Asyla Makes Profound Impact at Berkeley Symphony
January 18, 2015

Two works that are worlds apart but complement each other shared the bill at Thursday's Berkeley Symphony concert.

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Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Kremer and Trifonov Deliver Rewards with Challenging Program
January 18, 2015

Warm and fuzzy it wasn't, but Gidon Kremer's traversal of two pieces by Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg were worth the price of admission.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 First Night Festival First Night Festival Young Ensemble Rings in New Year in Pioneer Valley
January 17, 2015

SFCV introduces one of the members of the Emerging Writers Program with a review of a cheery winter concert in Northampton, MA.

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Opera REVIEW
 Prototype Festival  Prototype Festival Gives Opera a Makeover
January 16, 2015

With an emphasis on women creators, New York's Prototype Festival challenges stereotypes but also delivers powerful music theater.

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