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
October 8, 2018

A mysterious love triangle ignites the stunning dance duo’s latest, a collaboration with musical polymath Nitin Sawhney.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2018

Violinist Benjamin Beilman wows with a powerful rendition of a Jennifer Higdon concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2018

The vibrant new composition works brilliantly in tandem with a transitional work from Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Opera Review
October 5, 2018

The potent singing combination of Carmen Giannattasio and Brian Jagde distinguish this production.

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Jazz Review
October 2, 2018

The influential critic’s new tome offers a glimpse of the forces shaping the new jazz scene, from a New York perspective.

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Opera Review
October 2, 2018

A boldly directed vision of Richard Strauss’s biggest hit reframes the opera.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 2, 2018

The beginning of a long celebration emphasized everything that’s special about the orchestra and the city.

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Chamber Music Review
October 2, 2018

The superstar violinist is the standout in a program that didn’t always work.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 2, 2018

The orchestra fills eight miles with a musical block party that showcases diversity.

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Chamber Music Review
October 2, 2018

The quartet is at their best with challenging repertory at the Green Music Center.

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