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
September 23, 2019

Pianist Adam Marks makes the most of an early Clara Wieck Schumann concerto.

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Dance Review
September 23, 2019

Mozart Dances reveals the strengths and weaknesses of Morris’s choreography, and the artistry of his company’s dancers.

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Recital Review
September 23, 2019

The great pianist matched style to material in a series of impromptus before scaling the mountain of Brahms’s Op. 1.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 23, 2019

A John Adams premiere and Daniil Trifonov playing Rachmaninoff round out the evening.

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New Music Review
September 23, 2019

The line between pop and classical continues to blur, in a three-concert series presented by Christopher Rountree and Anna Bulbrook.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 17, 2019

Mezzo Rachel Calloway brilliantly channels Frida Kahlo in a Gabriela Lena Frank song cycle.

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Opera Review
September 16, 2019

Strong performances bolster Barrie Kosky’s edgy production of the Puccini favorite.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 13, 2019

The dramatic work showcases the powerful 25-year partnership between conductor and orchestra.

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New Music Review
September 13, 2019

The new-music group debuts the 14-movement URSA: an interstellar cantata at Monk Space.

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Jazz Review
September 10, 2019

The 89-year-old piano master opens SFJAZZ’s season.

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