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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
January 31, 2012

If you ever wondered how today’s symphonies contrast with those of a century ago, a trip to the Marin Symphony to hear Alasdair Neal conduct the orchestra would have been enlightening.

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CD Review
January 25, 2012

A fascinating, rarely heard Czech symphony by Josef Suk meditates on death, and is well worth a hearing.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 24, 2012

Score one for the California Symphony and cello soloist Joshua Roman, who displays major talent.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 19, 2012

Two dazzling women — a pianist, a flamenco singer — infused a San Francisco Symphony matinee with a vivacity that thrilled listeners.

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Artist Spotlight
January 20, 2012

A Bay Area ensemble performs a reduced-forces version of a classic American novel, set in opera form by John Harbison.

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Feature Article
January 2, 2012

Lovers of orchestral music are in for something special, even historic, in the spring season. If you can’t spend everything on tickets, let SFCV guide you to the best of the best.

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Recital Review
December 6, 2011

Sage artistry and inconsistently appropriate voice for repertoire characterized Karita Mattila’s recital of French, Finnish and German songs Tuesday night at Herbst Theatre.

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CD Review
November 30, 2011

Take heart: Fascinating moods of music-to-despair-by comes from Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 6, 2011

A Marin audience hails a fine Mahler performance and Kenji Bunch’s pleasurable new piano concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 2, 2011

Comfortable on the podium, commanding yet avuncular, Semyon Bychkov led substantial performances of two Richard Strauss works and Robert Schumann’s Second symphony Wednesday night at Davies Symphony Hall.

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Upcoming Concert
October 28, 2011

If you’ve been avoiding “modern” music like the plague, you may not realize that fashion has brought new music back into audience-pleasing land. One of the more attractive young exponents of this trend is Kenji Bunch, the Oregon-born, multistylistic composer whose Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra brings back the glory days of melody.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 22, 2011

Chamber concertos and vocal works distinguish BluePrint’s program, inviting cross-comparisons and rewards for the ear.

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CD Review
October 20, 2011

It’s about time for the American composer’s symphonies to be heard again, and the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz does him honor.

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Upcoming Concert
October 17, 2011

Let’s hear it for “More power to the cello!” The L.A. Philharmonic and its dynamic director arrive in town with Johannes Moser his plugged in instrument.

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Upcoming Concert
October 10, 2011

If you’ve been dying to hear Shostakovich, his Symphony No. 14 is the one for you

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 5, 2011

At the helm of the San Francisco Symphony, with Joshua Bell as soloist, conductor Vasily Petrenko delivers on his program, but only half-way.

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Chamber Music Review
October 3, 2011

A revered San Francisco institution inhabits the Difficult Music Zone, with works new and really old, but all of them challenging to ear and mind.

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CD Review
September 27, 2011

A cantata of fen and flood by Patrick Hadley puts one by Ralph Vaughan Williams in the shade.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 22, 2011

The New Century Chamber Orchestra began their 20th with a fascinating program of works exploiting antecedent musical styles. It made for a mesmerizing evening showcasing the ensemble’s commitment, technique, synchrony, passion, and sheer joy of music-making.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 14, 2011

It has been 20 years since one of the best-regarded modern cello concertos has been played here. And it took the same wizard, Yo-Yo Ma, who played it then to show us now how to do it right; matched by MTT and the S.F. Symphony for quality in a spectacular evening of all-German repertoire.

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