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Edward Ortiz

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

Articles by this Author

Chamber Music Review
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. The larger question was how such a Middle Eastern focus to the music would play in Sacramento.

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Archive Review
March 4, 2008

There is something both intimate and grand about Edward Elgar’s not-oft-performed oratorio The Dream of Gerontius. Perhaps, it’s the challenge of reconciling those dissimilarities that makes this work, written in 1899-1900, a rarity. Or maybe it’s the fact that there are plenty of tricky musical parts to navigate for chorus, orchestra, and soloists?

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