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!


Early Music/Baroque Review
February 10, 2020

All things coffee percolate through the all-Bach program as PBO’s music director-designate flexes his considerable harpsichord chops.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 10, 2020

It’s a trek from downtown, but the venue’s superior acoustics prove perfect for the chamber orchestra’s wide-ranging concert.

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New Music Review
February 9, 2020

A full evening of improvised music makes for challenging and rewarding listening.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 8, 2020

Several Icelandic composers and Kaija Saariaho filled out an exciting, if gloomy new-music concert.

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Choral Review
February 6, 2020

Clerestory uses the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to sing a concert of music by female composers.

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Opera Review
February 4, 2020

Invigorating ideas of what opera might be were on display at the fourth WEO Snapshot Festival.

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Jazz Review
February 4, 2020

He’s only 21, but the New York–based jazz pianist showed serious artistry in a set at the Black Cat.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 3, 2020

With Giancarlo Guerrero wielding the baton, the Polish orchestra excels in a concert of works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 3, 2020

The great viol player leads a program of Baroque Spanish theater music at Cal Performances.

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Opera Review
February 3, 2020

Matthew Aucoin more than fulfills his promise as LAO’s first composer-in-residence.

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