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David Bratman

David Bratman is a librarian who lives with his lawfully wedded soprano and a wall full of symphony recordings.

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Chamber Music Review
February 15, 2013

The Ives Quartet parlayed a feast of chords into an enjoyable recital in Palo Alto, featuring David Conte’s strong second quartet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 13, 2013

Philharmonia Baroque outdoes even itself in “storm and stress” works by Mozart, Haydn, and J.C. Bach.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 9, 2013

Recently composed scores get exemplary readings by the Redwood Symphony, and invite future encounters.

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Recital Review
January 19, 2013

An expert pianist/lecturer, Jeffrey Siegel presents music by George Gershwin and other American icons.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 11, 2013

Stanford University’s new Bing Concert Hall received its first public outing with a gala opening night celebration on Friday, the first program on a crowded Stanford Live winter/spring schedule.

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Upcoming Concert
January 8, 2013

Symphony Silicon Valley is returning once more to the historical theatrical roots of its venue, the California Theatre in San Jose, with an all-Kurt Weill program on January 12-13.

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Upcoming Concert
January 8, 2013

The unavoidable, heavyweight event of the new year in Peninsula and South Bay concert-going is the opening of Stanford’s new, intimately-sized, acoustically cutting-edge Bing Concert Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 6, 2013

The San José Chamber Orchestra tribute to Lou Harrison and his and all his colleagues brought richness and depth, also evinced in the dedication that Turner and her musicians brought to the music.

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Chamber Music Review
December 16, 2012

In an at-home yet grand setting, the Aulos Ensemble play music the large Bach family might have assembled for its own entertainment.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 12, 2012

The New Century Chamber Orchestra’s concert featuring The Four Seasons was bursting with soloists; almost every member of the 20-strong string (and harpsichord continuo) ensemble had a turn.

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Chamber Music Review
December 7, 2012

The Del Sol Quartet, local purveyor of contemporary music, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a small festival at Z Space, where tangy precision was much on display.

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Upcoming Concert
December 3, 2012

The adventurous nine-member choral ensemble Cantus, along with Theatre Latté Da, will perform works from its recording All Is Calm, a selection of songs, poetry, letters, and journal excerpts relating to the extraordinary World War I “Christmas Truce.”

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Upcoming Concert
December 3, 2012

If there’s a Great American Symphony, it’s Roy Harris’ rugged Third from 1938, a fitting companion for “Decoration Day” from Charles Ives’ Holiday's Symphony also on the program from an intrepid amateur community ensemble, the Palo Alto Philharmonic.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 1, 2012

Heavy holiday fare takes some time to digest, as served up by Symphony Silicon Valley, with soloist Peter Serkin.

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Upcoming Concert
November 28, 2012

This combination ought to make people sit up and take notice: conductor George Cleve and pianist Peter Serkin performing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto. 

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Upcoming Concert
November 13, 2012

Always a seasonal highlight, the annual joint holiday concert of the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and the Peninsula Symphony, will this year feature a typically vivid pairing.

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Chamber Music Review
November 5, 2012

The Calder Quartet filled in at the San Jose Chamber Music Society in a program of fairly severe pieces that push, in one way or another, at the edge of the quartet idiom practice of their time.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 1, 2012

A program that the S.F. Symphony will play on an upcoming tour featuring Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 will show the Asian audiences what our orchestra and its music director are really made of.

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Chamber Music Review
October 21, 2012

From the U.K., the Carducci String Quartet play Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Debussy in a captivating, clean, clear style.

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Recital Review
October 14, 2012

Whether taking listeners on a pilgrimage or in a funeral march, pianist Cecile Licad plays to the heart of Liszt and Chopin.

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