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Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn is a freelance critic with a B.A. in music and a Ph.D. in geologic education. A composer of piano and vocal music, he is a member of the National Association of Composers, USA, a former president of Composers, Inc., and has served on the Board of New Music Bay Area. 

Articles by this Author

Modern Classical Review
August 9, 2016

Recent works by Christopher Rouse and James MacMillan highlight the 2016 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s opening concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2016

In between the Russian warhorses, some unpredictable and finely-played music, and an orchestra in close harmony with its conductor.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 9, 2016

With conductor Tito Muñoz pinch-hitting for Joana Carneiro, the orchestra welcomed an exciting soloist in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.

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Opera Review
December 11, 2015

Gordon Getty and Claude Debussy’s one-acters on Edgar Allen Poe’s classic have different strengths and weaknesses.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 5, 2015

Joana Carneiro conducted a fascinating U.S. premiere of renowned composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s latest orchestra work.

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Festival Review
August 11, 2015

It’s hard to pick winners from a crowded field of excellent new music, well-performed by the festival orchestra under Marin Alsop.

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Opera Review
July 28, 2015

West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 3, 2015

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke scored a major success in the orchestrated version of Heggie's song cycle.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 27, 2015

Meeting the challenge of Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony is a struggle for both orchestra and audience, but the OEBS made it look easy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 18, 2015

Two works that are worlds apart but complement each other shared the bill at Thursday's Berkeley Symphony concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 30, 2014

A stellar return from Finnish guest conductor Susanna Mälkki, an admirable performance by Jeremy Denk, and a climactic 30 seconds of ecstasy in a seven-minute “aperitif” not heard here since the Loma Prieta earthquake.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2014

A S.F. Symphony concert led by guest conductor Stéphane Denève and featuring force of nature violinist Isabelle Faust highlights music memorialized in ceremonies.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 2, 2014

Various issues mar an otherwise good program, lineup, and orchestral performance at the Berkeley Symphony.

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Chamber Music Review
September 30, 2014

Music and film combine in a concert presented by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, challenging the eyes and ears to find harmony between the two.

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Festival Review
August 9, 2014

Music derived from burning lands, sounds of sea and bird, and sax riffs make for an evocative program at the Cabrillo Festival.

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Festival Review
August 2, 2014

Composers featured at the Cabrillo festival seemed to know what joy was, and splendidly communicated it to a riotously appreciative audience.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 26, 2014

A semi-staged production of Peter Grimes by the S.F. Symphony is the perfect way to honor Britten seven months after the centennial of his birth.

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Opera Review
June 20, 2014

The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) is a hit, with a libretto by Jeremy Denk, Steven Stucky’s savvy pastiches, conducting by Rovert Spano, deft orchestrations for an ensemble of 40 musicians, and singing by eight superb professionals.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 29, 2014

Suite Thinking, no boredom, and both melodic and harmonic priority go into Guerrilla Guild’s new-music program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 14, 2014

From moments of tender lyricism to thrilling virtuoso expostulations, the Christian Tetzlaff-Tilson-Thomas axis held San Francisco Symphony patrons in thrall.

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