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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
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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Chamber Music Review
February 20, 2010

Shadows are necessarily murky entities. They create spaces in which edges soften and distinctions blur. The program title “Flowing Shadows,” therefore, suited a concert emphasizing convergence between multiple artistic disciplines. This concert, given Saturday in the San Francisco Conservatory’s Hume Concert Hall, was the fourth of five performances in this year’s BluePrint series, a new-music program under the direction of Nicole Paiement. The overriding theme of BluePrint’s current season is “Crosscurrents ... where arts converge.”

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 25, 2010

Even though atonal music has existed for a long time, the composer Helmut Lachenmann has observed that many listeners are still so accustomed to tonal music that tonality continues to govern their listening habits. Such listeners might regard tonality as an intrinsic or “natural” musical system, against which contemporary music sounds, by contrast, “unnatural.” But Monday in Herbst Theatre, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players performed a concert that associated contemporary music with nature. The concert did not, however, associate the natural with the familiar.

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Chamber Music Review
January 9, 2010

The music of Steve Reich can sound deceptively simple. After all, for about 50 years, his name has been associated with so-called minimalism. The term vaguely denotes music built from the repetition and layering of simple musical modules over harmonies and temporal pulsations that remain relatively constant. Yet at Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Saturday, an all-Reich concert performed by So Percussion, a percussion quartet, made the virtuosic complexity of Reich’s music abundantly clear.

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