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Jessica Balik

Jessica Balik is a flutist and has a PhD in historical musicology from Stanford University.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 4, 2017

Along with soprano Deborah Voigt, Luisi and the DNSO are on the same wavelength, making music passionately.

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Chamber Music Review
March 28, 2017

The peerless ensemble illuminates quartets of Ravel, Berg, and Debussy.

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Chamber Music Review
March 21, 2017

An inspired collaboration between the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer features Franco-American themes.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 21, 2017

S.F. Symphony delivers the imposing oratorio in a fitting celebration of the composer’s 70th birthday.

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Modern Classical Review
January 24, 2017

A linguistic theme permeated great performances highlighting the work of two Stanford faculty composers.

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Chamber Music Review
December 8, 2016

The soprano and percussionist add spice to the mix as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s newest members.

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Modern Classical Review
May 17, 2016

A great American composer shows his variety in a well-balanced, entertaining performance at chamber/text, the free concert series.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 29, 2016

Harpsichordist Derek Tam joined the group in three pieces all composed in 2016.

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Chamber Music Review
February 16, 2016

The ensemble pulled together a diverse group of pieces for its program at Berkeley’s Hertz Hall.

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Modern Classical Review
November 10, 2015

The ensemble joined students from Aragon High School in the West Coast premiere of Thomas Trachsel’s The Apocalyptic.

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Modern Classical Review
February 24, 2015

In the third installment of a year-long project, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players offered two excellent premieres inspired by death and loss.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 22, 2015

A star-studded week wrapped up as John Adams conducted his Grand Pianola Music and Malcolm MacDowell and Elvis Costello headlined A Soldier's Tale.

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Recital Review
December 8, 2014

A ZOFO duo recital includes dazzling musicianship and a bit of flair and theatricality, too.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2014

Interesting programming and a live performance of Chris Brubeck and Guillaume Saint-James’ Brothers in Arts herald an interesting season for the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

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Chamber Music Review
October 27, 2014

A hip and welcoming nine-member ensemble presents a range of eminently listenable works, beautifully played.

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Chamber Music Review
October 5, 2014

The Calder Quartet played its second in a series of three concerts devoted to performing all six of Bartók’s quartets at SF JAZZ Center’s Miner Auditorium.

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Opera Review
August 8, 2014

Hydrogen Jukebox, the dizzying psychological opera that Allen Ginsberg created with Philip Glass is courageously performed by Berkeley's West Edge Opera.

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Festival Review
July 26, 2014

An inviting melange of musical styles and subjects takes the high road at the 12th annual Festival of Contemporary Music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 20, 2011

The Club Foot Orchestra seamlessly meshes music with film in a presentation of Fritz Lang's legendary silent movie Metropolis under a starry sky in Saratoga.

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Modern Classical Review
April 26, 2010

On Monday night, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players used French Composer Philippe Hurel’s words — "his own space of freedom" — for the theme of a program featuring four pieces that variously relate to the idea of finding free space.

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