"He says very little of any substance about the performance in his "review"..."
If you have to get it said in, probably, seven column inches, you have to make every word work hard, and not every writer can do this. Any hack of an editor can cut the guts out of a story, though, in no time at all. It's like the wicked stepsisters trying with all their might to make their big feet fit into the dainty glass slipper. They know it's not going in, but they want to make a show of it.
I got a little something out of the article, though: a nice little burn when I realized I missed hearing Valentina perform Rach 2 with the SFSO just 40 miles down the road... and it's because I gave up on it. Gave up on the late-evening commute in a suit and dress pumps and the smackdown at the Performing Arts Parking Garage, gave up on trying to hack my way through the SFSO's dense and time-consuming website, and long ago gave up reading The Examiner.
All for good reasons. Still, rats!