Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn is a freelance critic with a B.A. in music and a Ph.D. in geologic education. A composer of piano and vocal music, he is a member of the National Association of Composers, USA, a former president of Composers, Inc., and has served on the Board of New Music Bay Area. 

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Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  West Edge’s Edgy <em>Lulu</em> Entertains and Challenges
July 28, 2015
West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece. More about West Edge Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Heggie's <em>Camille Claudel</em> Triumphs at Berkeley Symphony
March 3, 2015

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke scored a major success in the orchestrated version of Heggie's song cycle.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oakland East Bay Symphony  Oakland East Bay Symphony Triumphs Twice Over
January 27, 2015

Meeting the challenge of Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony is a struggle for both orchestra and audience, but the OEBS made it look easy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Adès' Asyla Makes Profound Impact at Berkeley Symphony
January 18, 2015

Two works that are worlds apart but complement each other shared the bill at Thursday's Berkeley Symphony concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Mälkki Unlocks a Jewelbox at S.F. Symphony
November 30, 2014

A stellar return from Finnish guest conductor Susanna Mälkki, an admirable performance by Jeremy Denk, and a climactic 30 seconds of ecstasy in a seven-minute “aperitif” not heard here since the Loma Prieta earthquake.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  To Memorialize With Music: S.F. Symphony Showcases Greats
October 17, 2014

A S.F. Symphony concert led by guest conductor Stéphane Denève and featuring force of nature violinist Isabelle Faust highlights music memorialized in ceremonies.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Variations of Adrift at the Berkeley Symphony
October 2, 2014

Various issues mar an otherwise good program, lineup, and orchestral performance at the Berkeley Symphony.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Left Coast Chamber Ensemble  In Search of Harmony: Audio and Visual at Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
September 30, 2014

Music and film combine in a concert presented by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, challenging the eyes and ears to find harmony between the two.

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Festival REVIEW
 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music  Pyromusicologist Fires Up Cabrillo Music Festival
August 9, 2014

Music derived from burning lands, sounds of sea and bird, and sax riffs make for an evocative program at the Cabrillo Festival.

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Festival REVIEW
 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music   Joy in the New at Cabrillo Festival
August 2, 2014

Composers featured at the Cabrillo festival seemed to know what joy was, and splendidly communicated it to a riotously appreciative audience.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  MTT Hits It Out of the Opera House
June 26, 2014

A semi-staged production of Peter Grimes by the S.F. Symphony is the perfect way to honor Britten seven months after the centennial of his birth.

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Opera REVIEW
 Cal Performances Ojai North Re-Composing Classical: Beach Blanket Beethoven, et al.
June 20, 2014

The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) is a hit, with a libretto by Jeremy Denk, Steven Stucky’s savvy pastiches, conducting by Rovert Spano, deft orchestrations for an ensemble of 40 musicians, and singing by eight superb professionals.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Guerrilla Guild's Light Programming
May 29, 2014

Suite Thinking, no boredom, and both melodic and harmonic priority go into Guerrilla Guild’s new-music program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Devours Bartók Concerto
May 14, 2014

From moments of tender lyricism to thrilling virtuoso expostulations, the Christian Tetzlaff-Tilson-Thomas axis held San Francisco Symphony patrons in thrall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Berkeley Symphony Star Burns Bright
May 1, 2014

A single concert from the Berkeley Symphony is proof that an orchestra with a smaller budget and acoustically challenged venue can be more interesting than an entire season of more richly endowed orchestras.

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Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  A Theater of Parallels at Opera Parallèle
April 25, 2014

A great deal of hard work pays for Opera Parallèle, despite an odd pairing for a double-bill and its so-called "ubernarrative."

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Cypress String Quartet   Response When Cypress Quartet Calls? Success
March 14, 2014

The annual Call & Response concert from the Cypress String Quartet and its educational mission is a success.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
  Los Angeles Philharmonic Growth and Finesse From the L.A. Philharmonic
March 12, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel’s artistic growth has raised the L.A. Philharmonic to a new level, as evidenced in its Davies Hall concerts. But Yuja Wang’s playing was far too spiky.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Edge-of-Seat Musical Experience From St. Petersburg
March 2, 2014

In a performance full of musical suspense Yuri Temirkanov and his Saint Petersburg Philharmonic demonstrated that their musical cards are all aces.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Machover Opera: Do <em>Not</em> Turn Off Your Cell Phones
February 16, 2014

Techno savvy Composer Machover streams a “worldwide” opera <em>Death and the Powers</em>.

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