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Benjamin Frandzel

Benjamin Frandzel has written on music and the arts for a wide range of publications. He has a background as a guitarist and composer, and has collaborated with dance, theater, and visual artists. 

Articles by this Author

Chamber Music Review
December 12, 2014

LCCEʼs excellent guitarist, Michael Goldberg, curated a concert of world premieres and 20th-century gems.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 16, 2014

SFCMP has come up with a laudable concept for their new season, commissioning work from 10 composers who, stylistically and generationally, cover a wide spectrum of new music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 13, 2014

Composer in Residence Derek Bermel shines in three rich works at NCCO; Arvo Pärt also does his part.

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Chamber Music Review
June 21, 2014

Old to freshly minted music highlights the pan-stylistic nature of much contemporary music in the bracing Ojai North festival.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 21, 2013

There is no question of the San Francisco Symphony’s mastery of Mahler’s symphonies, as they proved again last week.

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Festival Review
July 20, 2013

With a nod to Bach, the thematic link behind this season’s [email protected] Festival, Christopher Froh and friends took an audience on an exhilarating tour of percussive possibilities.

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Festival Review
July 13, 2013

In an outstanding concert at the Carmel Bach Festival, Thea Musgrave’s new paean to J.S. Bach was both rich and exciting.

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Choral Review
June 23, 2013

Themes related to Jewish superstitions are woven into a culturally rich program by S.F. Choral Artists and Veretski Pass.

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Recital Review
October 21, 2012

That sublime pianist András Schiff reveals rarely heard colors and complexity in his performance of Book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.

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CD Review
September 28, 2012

Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot lofts his sublime music into the air, buoyed by Itzhak Perlman’s violin and assorted klezmer musicians.

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CD Review
September 20, 2011

A warm, clear, vibrant recording by the Cypress String Quartet explores how American composition evolved.

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Festival Review
August 14, 2011

Cabrillo wraps up its season with new works that surprise, delight, and sometimes frustrate.

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Festival Review
June 14, 2011

Stunning playing by the Australian Chamber Orchestra meets Dawn Upshaw’s sterling vocalism in a freshly minted Ojai North program.

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Chamber Music Review
May 1, 2011

The stellar trio of Christina Mok, Joanne Lin, and Lori Lack convincingly bring off lyrical as well as stormy works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 4, 2011

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players celebrated its 40th anniversary in style this past Monday at the Herbst Theatre, bringing together hundreds of adoring friends to hear a wide range of music, all done very well.

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Feature Article
December 27, 2010

The coming months promise orchestra aficionados all around the Bay Area a wide array of music. In this list, “classic” scores. Whatever your taste or locale, there’s something intriguing beckoning you in the near future. Here are some of the many highlights ahead.

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Upcoming Concert
November 30, 2010

Rara (film) shows us the composer Sylvano Bussotti wearing all his many hats.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 20, 2010

In the second season the New Century Chamber Orchestra continues to move forward with imaginative programs. Their recent round of concerts was in many ways a testament to the adaptability of great music in the hands of imaginative musicians.

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Chamber Music Review
August 19, 2010

A truly exciting new ensemble made its way to San Francisco Thursday for a local debut, and, hopefully, the first of many visits. The Estamos Ensemble, a collective of musicians from Mexico and the U.S., offered a potent program of chamber improvisation, with nine works, all of them premieres by Mexican and American composers.

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Festival Review
August 7, 2010

It was that familiar feeling — the warm, almost small-town atmosphere in the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, the jokey introductions, the openness of the audience to the new sounds on hand. This could only be the Cabrillo Festival, where Music Director Marin Alsop once again led her players through unfamiliar and often exciting music during the festival’s opening weekend.

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