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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. 

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Chamber Music Review
August 17, 2012

Tom Chiu and Christopher Jones free notes from traditional shackles at a centenary concert in honor of a great 20th-century innovator.

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Festival Review
August 4, 2012

The Cabrillo Festival offers good and sufficient reasons to repeat phrases in compositions, or not.

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Festival Review
June 11, 2012

The Ojai North festival began with an outdoor hour of exquisitely graduated, nature-inspired sounds; John Luther Adams' Inuksuit arranged by Steven Schick.

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CD Review
June 1, 2012

Alison Balsom’s latest compilation of her trumpet selections offers some tried-and-true along with several new pieces for her, all played in her distinctive manner.

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Upcoming Concert
May 17, 2012

One of the best concerts of the season will be heard in May.

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Upcoming Concert
May 8, 2012

Fans of the Oakland East Bay Symphony should be on pins and needles for its upcoming May concert.

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Upcoming Concert
May 2, 2012

The New Century Chamber Orchestra is one of the great Bay Area institutions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 26, 2012

Filling in for an injured Joana Carneiro, Edwin Outwater’s arrival at the Berkeley Symphony didn’t just save the day, his vigorous and focused approach effected an outstanding set of performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 19, 2012

Mardi Gras, Nubian arabesques, garden insects, enchantments: All great subjects for evocative works of orchestral wizardry at the S.F. Symphony, deftly conducted by Stéphane Denève and superbly performed.

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Upcoming Concert
April 17, 2012

Music Director Joana Carneiro leads Berkeley Symphony in a rousing season finale, taking the audience on a spellbinding journey to Hungary.

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Upcoming Concert
March 29, 2012

There is plenty of drama in this program for Welser-Möst’s operatic experience to shine.

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Chamber Music Review
March 24, 2012

A well-planned program of chamber music presents works both new and time-tested, plus a few attractive incidentals.

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Chamber Music Review
March 18, 2012

With songs and a bang, the S.F. Symphony performs challenging works with true glory.

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Festival Review
March 15, 2012

Pairs of contrasting works illustrated 20th-century extremes and 21st-century frontiers of orchestration at the Mavericks Festival were brilliantly juxtaposed and together made for a wonderful concert.

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Festival Review
March 4, 2012

Two long nights at a new-music festival prove to be a trial, leavened by a couple of wake-up works.

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CD Review
February 17, 2012

A superprolific Armenian-American composer said that ideas “persecute him,” causing him to write every day. This CD offers a range of his works, with their high-quality tunes and, in one work, effective drama.

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Upcoming Concert
February 15, 2012

For the purest maverickism, attend the second concert honoring four rule-breakers and featuring top-notch artists.

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Opera Review
February 10, 2012

Ensemble Paralléle's production of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, newly trimmed and reorchestrated with the help of Jacques Desjardins, is a triumph of improvement over previous productions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 8, 2012

The S.F. Symphony's concert entirely devoted to Bruckner’s massive Fifth Symphony, offered a time-bending experience for those utterly engaged by the work.

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Upcoming Concert
February 3, 2012

Herbert Blomstedt leads the Symphony in what many believe is his signature piece, Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony.

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