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
 Redwood Symphony  Redwood Symphony Tackles “Masterworks of Form”
March 30, 2015
The volunteer orchestra turns out a pleasing performance of serious works by Sibelius and Bartók and a humorous original composition. More about Redwood Symphony »
Recital REVIEW
 Green Music Center   Faster than a Speeding Bullet
March 30, 2015
Gil Shaham may play the violin at superhuman speeds, but his performance of Bach's complete sonatas and partitas lost a lot in translation. More about Green Music Center »
Dance REVIEW
 Ballet San Jose  Ballet San Jose Reinvents Itself With Moving <em>Bodies</em>
March 30, 2015
The company, having weathered a financial emergency, emerges with a new name and a trio of imaginative pieces focusing on technology. More about Ballet San Jose »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   Violinist Josefowicz Shines in a Modern <em>Scheherazade</em>
March 27, 2015
The New York Philharmonic premieres composer John Adams’ new piece. More »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Bang On A Can  Bang on a Can All-Stars Flexes its Muscles at Oberlin
March 27, 2015
The difficult-to-define ensemble turns out an electrifying performance. More about Bang On A Can »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
   Stile Antico Presents an Evening with The Habsburgs
March 27, 2015
The early music vocal ensemble ran through some of the greatest hits written for royalty. More »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  MTT Reunites with London Symphony Orchestra
March 25, 2015
The former LSO principal conductor and current San Francisco Symphony music director returned to the stage with the orchestra. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Voices of Music  Voices of Music Ends Season Basking in Mediterranean Glow
March 24, 2015
The camaraderie of the Early Music ensemble creates an intimacy that makes each performance a joy to watch. More about Voices of Music »
Opera REVIEW
 Livermore Valley Opera  A Powerhouse <em>Lucia</em> at Livermore Valley Opera
March 24, 2015
Clear direction and fantastic singing make for a memorable performance of the tragic Italian opera. More about Livermore Valley Opera »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Music at Kohl  Jamming Two Worlds Together
March 24, 2015
Classical Jam, a group adept at blending classical and improvisation, put together an enjoyable program at Kohl Mansion. More about Music at Kohl »