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
February 14, 2017

Philip Glass’ Orpheus Suite tops a program of musical delights.

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Opera Review
February 14, 2017

The lighthearted opera packs a serious, newly relevant punch.

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Chamber Music Review
February 7, 2017

The Kronos Quartet prepares us for the future of music with “Here and Now.”

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 7, 2017

Herbert Blomstedt guides a taut, inspired reading of Beethoven’s masterpiece.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 31, 2017

The great violinist drained every ounce of emotion from Britten’s Violin Concerto in a triumphant appearance with the Marin Symphony.

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Chamber Music Review
January 31, 2017

Ensemble Signal shines in a program of recent Steve Reich works that demand precision and verve.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 31, 2017

Flat programming and dull arrangements don’t fulfill the promise of the revered ensemble.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 31, 2017

Philharmonia Baroque offers a bit of arcane music history along with fine performances of Mozart and Haydn.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 31, 2017

Joshua Roman reinforces his reputation with a masterful reading of Bates’ Cello Concerto.

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Dance Review
January 28, 2017

S.F. Ballet’s resident choreographer delivers a new work revisiting the Russian Revolution.

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