How to Write a Concert Review
A review combines reporting with personal opinion. Write your review as if your audience is the general reading public and you are a person who attends concerts for pleasure.
As you write about the concert, deal with aspects of the concert that you consider most important or striking. Word choice, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are important. Write your review as an essay, not in question and answer format. Be honest and show that you seriously engaged in the music and the performance. Opening Paragraph: Briefly describe the event using these questions:
WHO—who was performing?
WHAT—What was the event? What was the title of the concert?
WHERE—Where was the event held?
WHY—What was the purpose?
HOW—Types of concert and music (concert band, jazz band, choir)
Body: The bulk of the review might address some of these questions. Remember to use essay form.
Questions about the performance:
What about the experience was new or different for you?
What impressed you about this live music experience and why?
Which selection intrigued you the most? Explain what about the music intrigued
If the piece is a new work, what is your opinion about the writing of the composition? What work did you find most enjoyable? Why?
What work did you like almost as much? Why?
If there was a selection you did not enjoy, why didn’t you enjoy it? Was your like or dislike due to the piece itself, its position in the program, or the way it was performed?
Questions about the performers:
What was your opinion about the performers’ presentation of the music? How good are they as musicians?
How well did they work together?
How about the instrument/instrumentation?
Be sure to concentrate on musical matters, although brief discussions of other aspects may be included.
Conclusion: Your conclusion...