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Janos Gereben

Janos Gereben appreciates news tips, corrections, and words of encouragement at [email protected].

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Music News
August 24, 2010

S.F. Symphony Season — in Their Words

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Opera Review
August 21, 2010

Among my umpteen Merola Program closing concerts — all memorable in various ways — Saturday’s was one of the most enjoyable. Programmed, directed, and performed with care and effectiveness, this was what opera doesn’t always manage to be: delightful entertainment.

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Music News
August 17, 2010

Leading-Edge Opera in a Bleeding-Purse World?

While the San Francisco Opera is struggling, along with all U.S. companies, things go swimmingly in some European opera houses, recession or not.

Surely, both the city and the state here have too many fiscal woes to bother with opera, except for the fact that both governments are freeloading on opera tourism.

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Music News
August 10, 2010

Sampling Mahler Sung

San Francisco Symphony has a generous marketing/sales bit for its upcoming Songs With Orchestra CD, to be released on iTunes at the end of August, and later on CD, Sept. 14.

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Music News
August 3, 2010

Avast Ye, Intelligible Pirates!

Lamplighters Music Theatre is a splendid, smart, and kind organization.

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Opera Review
July 31, 2010

Once upon a time, six long years ago, there was a little opera company in Berkeley tackling a huge project, called the Legend of the Ring, making waves far and wide. And now, on Saturday, here was a little company again, taking up the same challenge: David Seaman’s condensation of Richard Wagner’s four-opera, 15-hour Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle into a four-hour evening.

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Music News
July 25, 2010

Homie Canin Is Back Home

Although he has never left, former San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster Stuart Canin is now officially back here, for good. Since 1969, he has been back and forth between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and music festivals around the world.

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Opera Review
July 16, 2010

When Eleazar Rodriguez sang Fenton's aria from Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor Friday in Herbst Theatre, I experienced a multiple déjà vu. This was the opening concert of the Merola Program Class of 2010, but I was back at a similar occasion 12 years ago, listening to Charles Castronovo for the first time.

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Music News
July 14, 2010

Mackerras: A Great Artist Is Gone

When Sir Charles Mackerras died last week, at age 84, there was an international outpouring of sorrow from Sydney to Edinburgh to Prague to San Francisco. He was one of the most respected and beloved conductors in the world.
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Music News
July 12, 2010

A Mind to Advance Modern Music

Charles Amirkhanian's brave and excellent Other Minds organization is making plans for an exciting new season — adjectives supplied by This Column, rather than the press release, which has only "tremendously interesting" in describing Dane Rudhyar.

Who?

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Music News
July 6, 2010

What After Wozzeck? Orphée, She Says

"It is not an easy task to choose an opera to follow Berg's Wozzeck," muses Nicole Paiement, whose Ensemble Parallèle is doing more for contemporary opera than any other organization in the area, no matter the size.
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Music News
June 29, 2010

New Voices of 2010

The people whose contributions are making the Merola Opera Program possible had two coveted oppo

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Music News
June 22, 2010

The Busine$$ of Orchestras

It takes a couple of years and a lot of work to gather data about the financial reports of U.S. symphony orchestras, but Drew McManus' Adaptistration has once again done the job.

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Recital Review
June 20, 2010

There are recitals, there are great recitals, and then there’s Yuja Wang. In an extraordinary scene Sunday in Herbst Theatre, after hearing her play the audience appeared both exhausted and elated. My hands hurt not merely from applauding, but also from an apparent case of couvade syndrome (men’s sympathy pain at childbirth) on listening to two hours of devilishly difficult Scriabin and Prokofiev played with ease and astonishing clarity.

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Music News
June 15, 2010

New Book on Conductors — Yours for the Looking

Veteran San Francisco music critic Arthur Bloomfield has just published an online study of the great conductors of yesteryear. More Than the Notes is both free and valuable.

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Music News
June 8, 2010

Into the Woods and Beyond Broadway

It was a discombobulating moment Friday night at the premiere of Diablo Theatre Company's production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine Into the Woods in Walnut Creek.
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Music News
June 1, 2010

Youth Ascend Parnassus

You may remember from years past a bright young violin prodigy, Stephen Waarts, and the sensational toddler composer Dylan Mattingly.
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Feature Article
June 1, 2010

As the Summer music festival season approaches, a roundup of recommendations and a few meaningful reflections.

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Feature Article
May 25, 2010

Kurt Rohde, winner of the prestigious Rome Prize, and also the violist/founder of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, will soon have the world premiere of his Concertino in the Bay Area. And two other San Francisco musicians have been benefitting from artistic residence in Rome. While Rohde's Rome Prize stay recently concluded, San Francisco–raised composer Lisa Bielawa, is a current Rome Prize winner; and ODC Dance Company founder/artistic director/choreographer Brenda Way was a Resident in the Arts, and served as a senior advisor to the Rome Prize winners, including Rohde.

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Music News
May 25, 2010

Constructing 'Under Construction'

There is news from the Berkeley Symphony's pioneering and treasured "Under Construction" program, the presentation of new works by young composers in an open-rehearsal setting at low prices ($10-$20).

Composers named for the next season are Mark Ackerley and David Coll, in addition to a 14-year-old "participant," Joe (Shuo-Chun) Lin. Concert dates are Jan. 16 and March 13, in St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.

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