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. A photomontage enthusiast, he illustrates his own reviews.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Cypress String Quartet   Response When Cypress Quartet Calls? Success
March 14, 2014

The annual Call & Response concert from the Cypress String Quartet and its educational mission is a success.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
  Los Angeles Philharmonic Growth and Finesse From the L.A. Philharmonic
March 12, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel’s artistic growth has raised the L.A. Philharmonic to a new level, as evidenced in its Davies Hall concerts. But Yuja Wang’s playing was far too spiky.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Edge-of-Seat Musical Experience From St. Petersburg
March 2, 2014

In a performance full of musical suspense Yuri Temirkanov and his Saint Petersburg Philharmonic demonstrated that their musical cards are all aces.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Machover Opera: Do <em>Not</em> Turn Off Your Cell Phones
February 16, 2014

Techno savvy Composer Machover streams a “worldwide” opera <em>Death and the Powers</em>.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Samuel Carl Adams New Concerto Soars
February 6, 2014

An impressive performance by the Berkeley Symphony showcases a singular achievement by Samuel Carl Adams with his new concerto, one for the record books.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Perfect Performance. Problematic Brahms
February 5, 2014

The S.F. Symphony concert featuring Bringuier and Grimaud is perfectly presented in almost every way, even with a program including a hulking Brahms concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Marin Symphony  Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored by Marin Symphony
January 21, 2014

The Marin Symphony’s “American Dream” program, which featured music and Noah Griffin reading King’s stirring words, for results that were excellent and powerful.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Superb Renditions of Beethoven, Bates
January 15, 2014

The SFS Chorus impresses with its articulation, crispness, and attention to accent, sharply supervised and judiciously paced by MTT.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Joana Carneiro Returns, Beguiles, Refreshes Brahms
December 4, 2013

Music Director Joana Carneiro made a welcome return to her conducting duties at the Berkeley Symphony evening, offering refreshing renditions of three works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  New and Old Novelty In Worthy SF Symphony Concert
October 10, 2013

Two unfamiliar works paired with an old standby featured outstanding singing and a somewhat typical audience reaction to newness.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  History Comes Knocking, Audience Cheers
October 5, 2013

Fine performances from the Santa Rosa Symphony and Albanian violinist Tedi Papavrami highlight the season opener.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Bones to Prick Up Ears in Berkeley Season Opener
October 3, 2013

The season opener at the Berkeley Symphony brings an experiment in sounds with Campion's <em>Ossicles</em>.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 New Century Chamber Orchestra  Schtick and Sweetness Serenade NCCO Crowd
September 28, 2013

The New Century Chamber Orchestra excelled at audience-wooing, thanks to their superb skills and those of two composers, one for each fashion, new and old.

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CD REVIEW
   An Anniversary Toast to Hindemith's Finest
September 27, 2013

Ondine recognizes the 50th anniversary of Hindemith's death with a release of three of his finest works.

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Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  Semi-Staged <em>Vanessa</em> Semi-Effective
September 21, 2013

West Edge Opera’s production of Vanessa is brought to vibrancy by the music and fine acting and singing, but is somewhat hampered by its partial production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony Review MTT Shows Off His Splendid Symphonic Vehicle
September 10, 2013

In its season opener, the San Francisco Symphony delivered jazz-age style with verve and necessary brashness.

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Season Preview
August 22, 2013

The upcoming orchestra season offers jewels from many of the Bay Area’s fine ensembles.

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CD REVIEW
  ZOFO: <em>Mosh Pit</em> ZOFO: Four Dancing Glories
August 16, 2013

The latest release from ZOFO, Mosh Pit, features six high-quality and listener-friendly works of piano music inspired by 19th and 20th century dances.

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Festival REVIEW
 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music  Cabrillo 'Imitational' Thrills Audience
August 2, 2013

The Cabrillo Festival soldiers on under substitute conductor Carolyn Kuan, impressing with three new or newish works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  A Model Orchestra for a Masterpiece <em>Rite</em>
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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