Bravo Jonas!

"Could there be a clearer example of how giving directors exaggerated power in the opera house with their excessive demands for rehearsal time is creating a star-starved Met that threatens the venerable New York City opera house with serious financial damage."

Unsung Heroes of the Symphony

"Last evening, we had an absolutely splendid Brahms Fourth Symphony led by Marek Janowski, a 77-year old guest conductor active mostly in Germany. There is not a music director in this country today—including the top five—that can do Brahms better than Mr. Janowski based on his San Francisco performances."

Tetzlaff Makes a Mid-Course Correction

"The violin virtuoso now plays with a new freedom and profundity that puts him at the very top of his profession. As I watched him play the other evening at Stanford University, I had the feeling I actually was watching a ‘three-armed’ violinist."

A Gal Named Sol

"How fortunate that Ms Gabetta happens upon the scene just at a time when there is a shortage of top rank cellists... What a joy it is to hear a young immensely talented player on the way up!"

Swan Song in San Francisco

"It is a tribute to David Gockley’s good taste and courage that he chose to end his 10 years as general director of the San Francisco Opera with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo. Verdi’s vast and inspired masterpiece imposes great demands on an opera company’s resources... Mr. Gockley gave it an honorable shot."

Yannick Takes a Ticket on the Titanic

"Let’s Set The Record straight: The relevant question when contemplating the recently announced appointment of Yannick Nezet-Seguin (henceforth called Yannick) as the new music director of the Metropolitan Opera is not whether the Met made the right choice but what was Yannick thinking --or smoking--when he agreed to take on the Met post."

Chamber Music Duo a Triple Threat

"Music@Menlo, a 3-week summer festival of chamber music in Silicon Valley, has been [David Finckel and Wu Han's] most successful venture outside of Lincoln Center. Until [they] came along, Menlo Park was a sleepy well-healed cultural wasteland during the summer months."