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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. 

Articles by this Author

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2016

In between the Russian warhorses, some unpredictable and finely-played music, and an orchestra in close harmony with its conductor.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 9, 2016

With conductor Tito Muñoz pinch-hitting for Joana Carneiro, the orchestra welcomed an exciting soloist in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.

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Opera Review
December 11, 2015

Gordon Getty and Claude Debussy’s one-acters on Edgar Allen Poe’s classic have different strengths and weaknesses.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 5, 2015

Joana Carneiro conducted a fascinating U.S. premiere of renowned composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s latest orchestra work.

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Festival Review
August 11, 2015

It’s hard to pick winners from a crowded field of excellent new music, well-performed by the festival orchestra under Marin Alsop.

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Opera Review
July 28, 2015

West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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