Edward Ortiz

Edward Ortiz is arts and science writer for The Sacramento Bee and has written for The Boston Globe, The Berkshire Eagle, and The Providence Journal. He is also a contributor to Symphony Magazine and www.newmusicbox.org.

Articles by this Author

Opera REVIEW
 Sacramento Opera  A Grand Case for Drama in Opera, Not Sacramento
February 28, 2014

The Sacramento Opera has taken a vital step in the right direction with Il trovatore, breaking with the drama in company's recent past.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Old and New Stand-Alone: Jay Campbell Debut Series
February 16, 2014

At Mondavi Center, cellist Jay Campbell and accompanist Conor Hanick present works that stand on their own, without reference to musical history and influence.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
   London Haydn Distill Hall to Chamber Size
January 10, 2014

The London Haydn Quartet, expert interpreters of the First Viennese School repertoire, manage to shrink the largess of Davis Hall in Mondavi to chamber size.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   One-Bit Chip Off the Old Block
November 2, 2013

Not up to speed on chip-music yet? Brooklyn-based Yarn/Wire ensemble gave Sacramento new music audiences an intro course, via Tristan Perich’s Chalk.

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Feature Article
July 30, 2013

Have a favorite musical depiction of weather? Composers today are increasingly attuned to climate change and extreme weather events. Global warming has been a political issue for years; now it is arriving center stage in music.

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Feature Article
May 8, 2013

Can the modern piano evolve any further? Pianist and inventor Christopher Taylor thinks so, and has been laboring to perfect a two-keyboard instrument, performing with an early near-equivalent wherever he can.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Three's Quite a Pairing: Hampson, Adamo, and Jupiter
April 24, 2013

Mark Adamo explores the unusual pairing of baritone with string quartet, achieving handsome (and Hampson) results.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  St. Louis Symphony Dazzles With 'Three B's'
March 17, 2013

The St. Louis Symphony reaches out to the Davis community with a rarely played Beethoven symphony and the brilliant violinist James Ehnes performing Berg.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
   Well-Founded Axiom Brass
January 30, 2013

A standout ensemble from Chicago, Axiom Brass, makes a sterling West Coast debut, performing challenging and rewarding works.

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Kids & Families Feature
August 29, 2012

The Mondavi Center’s Young Artists Competition shines attention on yet another crop of brilliant performers, this year widening its scope to national level. And Bay Area youth continue to win pride of place.

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Kids & Families Feature
July 17, 2012

Is music most rewarding as a group activity? Preliminary research results seem to suggest so.

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Feature Article
March 13, 2012

The conflict in a musical adaptation of an Israeli children’s book mirrors the problems of a major California city.

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Opera REVIEW
 Sacramento Opera  Grand Opera Returns to Sacramento
February 24, 2012

Although less than “grand,” a respectable production of Rigoletto is given at the Sacramento Community Center.

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Festival REVIEW
   A Diverse Festival of New American Music
November 15, 2011

The free Festival of New American Music, in Sacramento, presents a variety of welcome works that bode well for the future.

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Recital REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Hilary Hahn Tantalizes
October 29, 2011

A smartly laid out program of violin works, old and new, dexterously conveyed emotion while it purveyed lofty musical ideas.

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Feature Article
August 2, 2011

After canceling part of its 2010–2011 season, the Sacramento Opera ponders its future, including a possible merger with the Sacramento Philharmonic.

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Feature Article
June 16, 2011

At the Sacramento Philharmonic the future is looking a lot like the recent past. That comes by way of the organization suddenly parting ways with its Executive Director Marc Feldman last week.

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Feature Article
June 13, 2011

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College has just hosted its first events, but the region’s arts organizations are pinning their hopes on the beautiful new complex.

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Choral REVIEW
 Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra  A Bracing Requiem From Sacramento
March 19, 2011

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra elegantly paired searing orchestral music with well-etched singing in its performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

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Archive REVIEW
   Music to Evoke Hope
April 29, 2008

It's not every day that you get an Israeli pianist, a Palestinian oud player, and an Egyptian conductor together on the same stage.
But this is exactly what the Sacramento Philharmonic did during its "Songs of Hope" concert at Sacramento's Community Center Theater on Saturday evening. And in doing so, this orchestra made the elegant argument that music can destroy all borders and make friends of perceived enemies.

That music has this potential, however, has never been in question.

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