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Janos Gereben

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

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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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Feature Article
January 31, 2011

Let us speak, then, of movies extolling music and musicians. It’s a narrow focus, because writing about classical music’s intersection with films in general presents an embarrassment of riches.

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Music News
January 25, 2011

$450,000 Worth of Gerbode-Hewlett Awards

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have announced six $75,000 grants for the creation and world premiere of new works by California composers, created in collaboration with another California artist of their choice.

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Recital Review
January 18, 2011

In a delightful recital Tuesday night, Lang Lang — probably the best pianist around, and once likened to Elvis in stature — presented a different pianist, who was also subtle, self-effacing, while exhibiting the highest level of artistry.

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Music News
January 18, 2011

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 13, 2011

Music truly is the international language. Case in point at the San Francisco Symphony: A French conductor leads an American orchestra in an all-Russian program — and it all sounds amazingly authentic, and mostly excellent.

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Music News
January 11, 2011

Renaissance Voices Celebrate Epiphany

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Upcoming Concert
January 10, 2011

When you first encounter the quiet, eerie, achingly stretched opening chords of Bartók’s first string quartet, you know that you are in the presence of something magnificent. That the Alexander String Quartet’s would present the complete cycles of Bartók’s six and Kodály’s two string quartets is newsworthy enough, but there is more to the story.

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Music News
January 4, 2011

Symphony's Strong Start for 2011

San Francisco Symphony opens the 2011 portion of its 99th season with great music presented through the collaboration of a world-famous French pianist and a rapidly emerging young Ukrainian conductor making his debut.

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Music News
December 28, 2010

And They Shall Be Called 'Nameless': Bootstrap Chamber Music

There is a fledgling chamber-music organization/concert series in Marin that's such a newbie it doesn't even have a name yet. Of such stuff are legends made — if all goes well.
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Music News
December 21, 2010

Peeking Into the New Year, Briefly

When looking at the hundreds of symphony, opera, chamber music, and dance performances coming to the Bay Area during the first half of 2011, there has to be some touchstone to narrow choices. And so the focus here is on offerings by some of the small- and medium-size organizations.

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Music News
December 14, 2010

What Do You Play, Sing, or Hum for the Holidays?

Continuing the seasonal feature from last week's column: The fun is not over yet. If you participate this week by e-mailing your brief responses, there will be one more partridge in the pear tree next Tuesday.

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Feature Article
December 7, 2010

Production details are set for Christopher Theofanidis' new work set to premiere at the San Francisco Opera, continuing a tradition of commissioning new operas.

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Music News
December 7, 2010

Your Favorite Holiday Music? The Results Are In

Casually asking a few people about their favorite holiday song or music grew like Topsy, and here are a few from among many replies. Most are abbreviated, and any response with "Jingle Bells" or TV commercial soundtracks was ruthlessly eliminated. The project, to give this a grandiose name, is not over: Please participate during the next two weeks by e-mailing your brief responses.
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Feature Article
December 6, 2010

In 1911, just after the Great Quake of 1906 wiped out much of the city, the San Francisco Symphony was born, and the orchestra is now preparing for a star-spangled centennial season. Here's a preview of great things to come.

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