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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
April 12, 2011

Cabrillo: New Music Nirvana

Let's play Jeopardy. Answer: "Who will win the A.S.C.A.P. Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music in 2011?" Question: "What is the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music?"

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Music News
April 5, 2011

YouTube Orchestra's Must-Watch Finale

One of the most varied and fascinating classical music programs anywhere, the entire 2½-hour concert by 101 young artists from 33 countries, playing under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in the Sydney Opera House, is available online.
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Music News
March 29, 2011

Heggie Celebrates the Big Five-O with a Masterclass

"It's common for young singers to learn works of great composers from two or three centuries ago, but to have the opportunity to work with a living composer is a rare occasion," says the enthusiastic statement from the Young Musicia

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 27, 2011

In a picture perfect performance led by Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic offered a new best and a conductor who continually showcases the musicians.

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Feature Article
March 22, 2011

A $12 million gift from philanthropists Joan and Sanford Weill, announced today, may ensure completion of Sonoma State University's Green Music Center by next fall.

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Music News
March 22, 2011

Forging the Ring and Opera's Future

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Choral Review
March 16, 2011

This week, Ragnar Bohlin and the S.F. Symphony Chorus met their ultimate challenge, performing Bach's B minor Mass, a towering landmark of all music. The result is a delightful surprise; an intimate, gentle, lyrical performance of this majestic expression of yearning for peace and the good of all humanity.

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CD Review
March 22, 2011

In Yuja Wang's first orchestral recording the pianist enthralls, ravishes, and demonstrates a kind of magic in what the pianist describes as “red-hot" reportoire.

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Music News
March 15, 2011

'Tis the Week of YouTube Symphony

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Music News
March 8, 2011

The Music Never Stopped

"And the fields are full of dancin'
"Full of singin' and romancin'
"The music never stopped."

The Grateful Dead song is now the title and heart of a new movie, based on Oliver Sacks' essay The Last Hippie.

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Opera Review
March 5, 2011

Few operas have been worked over as much as Bizet's Carmen. In the East Bay, where Berkeley West Edge Opera's Carmen Fixation opened Saturday night, the opera company offered a "different" version, with a standout performance by Buffy Baggott.

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Music News
March 1, 2011

Marvelous Maverick in Davies Hall Hit

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Feature Article
March 1, 2011

Highlights of the San Francisco Symphony's 2011-2012 centennial season were announced previously, but today's news is of the complete schedule, and it's stunning.

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Music News
February 22, 2011

If You See Only One Bollywood Musical ...

... make it Raavanan.
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Opera Review
February 20, 2011

It's astonishing for a veteran of too many Turandot performances to keep count of, to find one of the best in Palo Alto, but the tiny West Bay Opera once again conquered a musical Goliath.

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Music News
February 15, 2011

Music and Dance of Bali Coming to the City

A phantasmagorical winged figure from a temple door, a carved offering shrine, coin images of deities — the Asian Art Museum's Bali exhibit (Feb. 25–Sept. 11) seems to be all in motion, very different from the usual static feel of museums.
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Recital Review
February 13, 2011

Something magical happened during Dmitri Hvorostovsky's recital at Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday. Twice.

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Music News
February 8, 2011

Eshima: a Musician's Music at S.F. Ballet

Only half-jokingly did I say to some of the orchestra musicians in the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House Thursday night that "There will be dancing, too." The distinguished audience — including many members of the S.F. Symphony, the S.F. Opera Orchestra, and the “Freeway Philharmonic” — was there partly to hear the music.

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Opera Review
February 4, 2011

Many enthusiastic Gilbert & Sullivan fans are not familiar with The Yeomen of the Guard. And yet, when you finally get to this atypical, unusual work — currently presented by Lamplighters — there are great rewards to be found, including some of G&S' best music and most clever lyrics. 

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Music News
February 1, 2011

New Century at New Meridian

Never given to understatement, when Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg introduces her New Century Chamber Orchestra as "the best string orchestra in the country," you may be excused if smiling benignly.

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