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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

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 21, 2013

On the major event that is the anniversary of the Rite of Spring, the S.F. Symphony and MTT rise to the occasion and master a masterpiece.

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Artist Review
June 9, 2013

At the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition the brain of artistry proves to be the deciding factor in choosing three medalists.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 23, 2013

Russian composer Lera Auerbach's new string symphony, Memoria de la Luz (“Memory of the Light”), is transformative — a don't miss experience, as indicated in its premiere by NCCO.

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Chamber Music Review
May 11, 2013

Using a program trend of multimediazation Pamela Freund-Striplen and the Gold Coast Chamber Players commanded attention of patrons with seven revelatory treats for the ears and eyes.

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CD Review
May 3, 2013

A new release by composer Gordon Getty offers terse, melodic, and simplistic piano music that at times evinces a subtle sophistication.

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Upcoming Concert
April 24, 2013

If you can’t get enough of trombones (see Berlioz’ Te Deum), you can return in May to Davies Symphony Hall for a celebration of Beethoven's middle years, which includes his rarely performed Equali for four trombones.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 3, 2013

Pugilistic and heartrending compositions battle it out at NCCO’s recital. Between rounds, Anne Marie McDermott’s graceful pianism provides welcome Mozart-relief.

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Upcoming Concert
April 3, 2013

The Marin Symphony presents Brahms’s German Requiem, preceded by a beautiful and far more tender elegy to the transience of life by Anna Clyne.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 28, 2013

A Berkeley Symphony program of “Idealists” Steven Stucky and Anton Bruckner offers different perspectives on nature.

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Upcoming Concert
March 20, 2013

Weeks after the San Francisco Symphony plays Anton Brucker's gorgeous Seventh Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, under the guiding hand of Joana Carneiro, will play his Fourth Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 16, 2013

Santa Rosa Symphony offers awesomeness (Penderecki), painful nostalgia (Elgar), and The Encyclopedia of Affect (Tchaikovsky).

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CD Review
March 15, 2013

Garrick Ohlsson’s latest release features solo piano works from composers whom he feels connected to personally, but the music may be a disconnect.

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CD Review
March 15, 2013

Soldier Songs from composer David T. Little, hailed for his “punk-classical” dramatic works, brings you face to face with the psychological impacts of modern warfare, and offers a good dose of his postminimalist, rock-infused style.

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Festival Review
March 9, 2013

The commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising proves an illuminating context for works reflecting a human response to war and the Holocaust.

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Festival Review
February 28, 2013

The first concert of the Other Minds Festival #18 juxtaposes music from Greenland, India, and the Faroe Islands.

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Chamber Music Review
February 22, 2013

Thriving in an area blessed with myriad composers, the Kronos Quartet chooses some novel ones, plus a long-term arranger.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 14, 2013

Pablo Heras-Casado took on the San Francisco Symphony guest-conductorship responsibility with high energy and an attractive program.

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Recital Review
February 9, 2013

Play it again, Hilary Hahn: and she does, in a recital populated by encores from a myriad of composers.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 7, 2013

“The Illuminators” program conducted by Joana Carneiro highlights musical associations and narratives with varying success.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 30, 2013

Charles Dutoit guest conducts, with mixed success, two works of French composers evoking Spain, plus an Elgar work mystifying Britain.

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