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
November 21, 2017

The show at the Valley Performing Arts Center in L.A. featured the New West Symphony and a lot of lesser-known musical highlights.

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Opera Review
November 21, 2017

Thomas Adès’s operatic adaptation of Buñuel’s nightmarish masterpiece works brilliantly. Catch the encore in a theater near you.

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Modern Classical Review
November 21, 2017

Some clear winners emerged from the 21-concert music fest, along with some also-ran entrants.

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Dance Review
November 21, 2017

The Chicago company serves a foolproof recipe: four intriguing pieces danced to perfection.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 21, 2017

New settings of the Nobel winner’s classic songs raise philosophical questions about the relationship of text and music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 18, 2017

The American master’s turbulent, challenging music arouses powerful responses.

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Chamber Music Review
November 14, 2017

The young vibraphonist has just released an album of originals, but on Friday he was showing off his versatility with a set of taut arrangements of funk jazz.

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Recital Review
November 14, 2017

In his first solo recital for the Omni Foundation, the guitarist took his audience on a journey of ardent emotional complexity.

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Musical Theater Review
November 14, 2017

The young singers brought spark and polish to some deservedly obscure musical-theater and operetta selections.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 14, 2017

A curious program pairs Ives with Dvořák and a misplaced serving of Gershwin.

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