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
February 28, 2020

Cellist Maya Beiser and dancer Wendy Whelan grapple with the tragedy of 9/11 in a Bay Area premiere.

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Chamber Music Review
February 25, 2020

The septet featured music by Maddalena Casulana and Clara Schumann in a concert that was a little too firmly rooted in the past.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 25, 2020

Gustavo goes for the gusto with Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 in LA Phil’s welcome Ives Festival.

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Opera Review
February 25, 2020

An inevitable, last-minute staging decision distracts from an otherwise sublime production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2020

Soprano Julie Adams joins the collaborative chamber orchestra in Samuel Barber’s poignant Knoxville.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 24, 2020

The Berlin-based ensemble performs hidden gems with extraordinary verve and precise musicality.

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Recital Review
February 24, 2020

Surprise changes in the program make for a thrilling piano recital by the masterful Wang.

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Opera Review
February 24, 2020

Four Larks transforms Mary Shelley’s tale, awkwardly.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2020

Three of the restored violins take the limelight in a Vivaldi concerto.

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Dance Review
February 23, 2020

Paul Taylor’s dances are as timeless and moving as ever at the YBCA.

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