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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
May 18, 2010

What's Black & White & Educational All Over?

The San Francisco Symphony's biennial Black & White Ball, to be held at the S.F.

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Upcoming Concert
May 18, 2010

The upcoming San Francisco Opera production of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, aka Girl of the Golden West, aka “Puccini's American opera,” returning here after an absence of 31 years, is the epitome of ”Italian-American.”

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Music News
May 11, 2010

Dudamel: Small Injury, Big Performance

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic gave the first concert of their national tour at Davies Hall Monday night. Symptoms of the conductor's potentially damaging injury last week were nowhere in evidence. Another program is scheduled for tonight.

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Music News
May 4, 2010

CAL Season's Mother Lode of Musical Riches

The first Cal Performances season planned by Matias Tarnopolsky, announced today, is rich in big names and major music and dance organizations to visit the Cal Berkeley campus, presenting a great variety of events.

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Music News
April 27, 2010

Theater-Music Fusion Gala for TheatreWorks

A May 8 gala concert at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate TheatreWorks' 40th birthday.

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Music News
April 20, 2010

Yuja Cancellation

San Francisco Performances' much anticipated, soldout recital by Yuja Wang on Thursday was canceled because of the pianist's painful arm condition. Her doctor ordered at least a week's rest.

She has also canceled her Orange County recital, as reported by Tim Mangan.

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Feature Article
April 13, 2010

In the world of maestros with titanic egos, Pocket Opera’s Donald Pippin is a heartwarming exception. He is self-effacing, even humble. To a fault. Considering his accomplishments, all that modesty seems downright excessive.

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Music News
April 13, 2010

'Give Music a Chance'

In recent years the prospect of music education in public schools has dimmed considerably, but the present and future look even worse. Most states are facing huge budget deficits, none worse than California, and all aspects of education are endangered.

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Music News
April 9, 2010

Festival del Sole to Shine Again

Napa's Festival of the Sun will have its fifth season, July 16-25, with its usual star-studded list of artists. Returning to the Festival's various scenic venues are Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Chris Botti, Francesco Demuro, Omer Wellber, Nina Kotova, Carlo Ponti, Nikki Yanofsky, Conrad Tao, and Kelly O'Connor.

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Music News
April 9, 2010

Even Poor Tom Can Afford This 'Rake'

Advantages of the San Francisco Conservatory's production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress include expert musical and stage direction by Br

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CD Review
April 6, 2010

The transformation in the title of Yuja Wang's latest recording does not refer to her playing. Just as in her recitals and appearances with orchestras — more than a hundred each year — she sounds powerful but never loud, brilliant without arrogance, and always, always serving the music first, eliminating all the superficial stuff that so often plagues pianists.

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Opera Review
March 27, 2010

As someone coming from that neck of the woods, I will walk the plank with this about Eastern Europe: Notwithstanding the many splendid composers of the region, it has not done well as a source of great operas.

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Music News
March 23, 2010

Funding Mill Valley Freebies

Laurie Cohen's Mill Valley Philharmonic has been performing free concerts year-round for a decade now.

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Music News
March 16, 2010

'Tomorrow's Sounds & Stars' at Crowden

Events at Berkeley's Crowden School offer glimpses of both tomorrow's music and musical stars. Take just the Sundays @ Four and the John Adams Young Composers Program events.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 12, 2010

Every time I hear what Gustav Mahler did not call his “Resurrection Symphony” — but others did — I think about what the work must have sounded like to the first listeners 115 years ago. Sure, they had heard “big sounds” from Beethoven and Wagner, though without Stravinsky, Bartók, and others in their ears, what could they have made of Mahler’s dizzying complexity?

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Music News
March 9, 2010

Win a House, Give Kronos a Home

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is running the second annual Dream House Raffle, a big fund-raising lottery with the grand prize a San Francisco house valued at $3 million or $1.5 million in cash. There are many other prizes and several drawings — from April 2 through the grand-prize drawing on July 10. 

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Music News
March 2, 2010

S.F. Symphony Ramps Up to Its Centennial

The San Francisco Symphony, launched in December 1911, is turning 99 next season (which runs from Sept. 2010 to June 2011), a rare accomplishment in the tough business of orchestral music.

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Music News
February 23, 2010

S.F. Symphony Ramps Up to Its Centennial

The San Francisco Symphony, born in December 1911, is turning 99 next season (which runs from Sept. 2010 to June 2011), a rare accomplishment in the tough business of orchestral music.

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Music News
February 16, 2010

Dead Come Alive in Santa Cruz

Rockers all: Steve Reich, Terry Riley,<br/> Phil Lesh and MTTIf the establishment of the Grateful Dead Archive in the Bay Area doesn’t sound like an item for Classical Voice, consider that Michael Tilson Thomas deemed it appropriate to inclu

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Music News
February 9, 2010

Philharmonia: Not So Baroque

As the Philharmonia Baroque announces its 30th anniversary season today, Music Director Nicholas McGegan ponders the then and now of the orchestra in terms unexpected from the renowned leader of a period-instrument orchestra:
Thirty years ago, there was a greater sense of righteousness, a claim of musical purit
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