The Bay Area has three new concert halls -- one recently opened (Weill Hall at Sonoma State University) and two coming online this month (Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, and the SFJazz Center in San Francisco). Among the region's established venues, here are my five favorites for hearing classical music and jazz:

California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. Oakland's Paramount Theatre is larger and even more spectacular -- but the sound is the dregs. So if you enjoy hearing music in a lavishly restored, vaudeville-era theater, a place that's grand, glittering and heroically retro, this is your hall. It's quite intimate, with 1,146 seats and generally clear acoustics; a special place to experience opera or the symphony. If you've got some extra bucks, try the grand tier for the best sight lines (including a bird's-eye view of piano soloists' rippling fingers) and sound. www.symphonysiliconvalley.org/caltheatre.php

In this 2006 file photo, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra holds its final rehearsal for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 8 at Davies Symphony Hall in
In this 2006 file photo, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra holds its final rehearsal for Gustav Mahler's Symphony No 8 at Davies Symphony Hall in S.F. (Meri Simon/Mercury News file photo) (Meri Simon)

Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Some people like to complain about the San Francisco Symphony's headquarters. I find it comfortable and -- believe it or not -- almost homey. You get to know the faces. The seats are ample (and rarely squeak). The acoustics, most importantly, are excellent, with a long, long tail for the fine sounds of the symphony. You get clarity and detail, exactly what's wanted for a classical music event. Can't tell you how many inspired concerts I've heard there. www.sfwmpac.org/symphonyhall/sh_index.html

Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland. This cool new restaurant/wine bar/cafe in the trendy Uptown district has begun presenting live music -- jazz and its close relatives. The upstairs performance space is intimate (seats about 75) and just funky enough; reminds me of the lofts that functioned as music spaces in New York in the '70s. Keep an eye on Duende, which is in the midst of its "soft" opening, pointing toward music from the Nels Cline Singers, Jan. 23-26. Important fact: Chef Paul Canales, who spent years at Oliveto Restaurant and Café, also in Oakland, is in charge of the restaurant. www.duendeoakland.com

Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Some things are indescribable about a room; Kuumbwa just feels good. It's small. The crowd knows and loves the music. Musicians get lifted by the energy here. Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner and others have cited it as one of their favorite places to perform, anywhere. Kuumbwa is the only true jazz club in the Bay Area, and my favorite club outside New York. Actually, it's better than most jazz clubs in New York. Good eats, too: home cooking. www.kuumbwajazz.org

Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose. Modeled after another Le Petit Trianon -- the miniature chateau at Versailles, outside Paris -- the French Greek Revival mansion houses a 335-seat concert hall. The acoustics are way resonant. The ambience feels European; you wouldn't know you're half a block from San Jose City Hall. This is the place to hear chamber music in the Bay Area. www.trianontheatre.com