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
July 15, 2019

The refurbished Frost is a beautiful, if not perfect, venue for outdoor orchestral concerts.

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Opera Review
July 15, 2019

Carlisle Floyd’s Appalachian-themed study of cultural hypocrisy and sexual violence is more timely than ever.

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Musical Theater Review
July 8, 2019

Top-notch sound and production bring out the best in a solid cast of singers.

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Recital Review
July 2, 2019

Seven finalists competed for one of classical music’s most famous prizes.

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Jazz Review
July 2, 2019

Notable guests join the hip big band as it premieres selections from a new CD.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 2, 2019

The semistaged opera highlights the orchestra’s season finale.

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Recital Review
July 2, 2019

Soprano Heidi Moss Erickson and pianist John Parr track the arc of the composer’s songwriting through eight decades.

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Jazz Review
July 2, 2019

Indian and jazz influences permeate a sparkling, mostly improvised set by two musical conversationalists.

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Modern Classical Review
June 29, 2019

Russell Steinberg’s Rucksack traces an immigrant experience from an earlier era.

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Festival Review
June 25, 2019

This month-long festival abounds in star power.

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