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. A photomontage enthusiast, he illustrates his own reviews.

Articles by this Author

Artist REVIEW
    Artistry Emerges at the Van Cliburn
June 9, 2013

At the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition the brain of artistry proves to be the deciding factor in choosing three medalists.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 New Century Chamber Orchestra  NCCO Premiere of Soul-Searching Masterpiece
May 23, 2013

Russian composer Lera Auerbach's new string symphony, Memoria de la Luz (“Memory of the Light”), is transformative — a don't miss experience, as indicated in its premiere by NCCO.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Gold Coast Chamber Players  Revelation in a Concert Format Wins Admirers
May 11, 2013

Using a program trend of multimediazation Pamela Freund-Striplen and the Gold Coast Chamber Players commanded attention of patrons with seven revelatory treats for the ears and eyes.

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CD REVIEW
  Gordon Getty: Piano Pieces Getty's Suite Imaginings
May 3, 2013

A new release by composer Gordon Getty offers terse, melodic, and simplistic piano music that at times evinces a subtle sophistication.

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Critics' Picks
Fabiano SFS 2013 Thumb
  • Critics Pick
May 4 - 9

If you can’t get enough of trombones (see Berlioz’ Te Deum), you can return in May to Davies Symphony Hall for a celebration of Beethoven's middle years, which includes his rarely performed Equali for four trombones.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 New Century Chamber Orchestra  NCCO Scores With Punchy Program
April 3, 2013

Pugilistic and heartrending compositions battle it out at NCCO’s recital. Between rounds, Anne Marie McDermott’s graceful pianism provides welcome Mozart-relief.

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Critics' Picks
Marin Symphony: Remembrance and Renewal
  • Critics Pick
April 14 - 16

The Marin Symphony presents Brahms’s German Requiem, preceded by a beautiful and far more tender elegy to the transience of life by Anna Clyne.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Listening at the Berkeley Symphony — Ideally
March 28, 2013

A Berkeley Symphony program of “Idealists” Steven Stucky and Anton Bruckner offers different perspectives on nature.

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Critics' Picks
The Idealists
  • Critics Pick
March 28

Weeks after the San Francisco Symphony plays Anton Brucker's gorgeous Seventh Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, under the guiding hand of Joana Carneiro, will play his Fourth Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  Range of Emotions Sweep Through Weill Hall
March 16, 2013

Santa Rosa Symphony offers awesomeness (Penderecki), painful nostalgia (Elgar), and The Encyclopedia of Affect (Tchaikovsky).

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CD REVIEW
  Garrick Ohlsson: <em>Close Connections</em> Does <em>Close Connections</em> Connect?
March 15, 2013

Garrick Ohlsson’s latest release features solo piano works from composers whom he feels connected to personally, but the music may be a disconnect.

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CD REVIEW
  David T. Little: <em>Soldier Songs</em> The Flay of War &#151; Recorded
March 15, 2013

Soldier Songs from composer David T. Little, hailed for his “punk-classical” dramatic works, brings you face to face with the psychological impacts of modern warfare, and offers a good dose of his postminimalist, rock-infused style.

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Festival REVIEW
 Jewish Music Festival  Context Speaks Volumes at Berkeley's Jewish Music Festival
March 9, 2013

The commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising proves an illuminating context for works reflecting a human response to war and the Holocaust.

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Festival REVIEW
 Other Minds  Other Minds Merges Subcontinents
February 28, 2013

The first concert of the Other Minds Festival #18 juxtaposes music from Greenland, India, and the Faroe Islands.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Kronos Quartet  Kronos "Listen Local" Does It Right
February 22, 2013

Thriving in an area blessed with myriad composers, the Kronos Quartet chooses some novel ones, plus a long-term arranger.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Heras-Casado: High Energy Sparks SFS Program
February 14, 2013

Pablo Heras-Casado took on the San Francisco Symphony guest-conductorship responsibility with high energy and an attractive program.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Hilary Hahn Shines Light on Delicacies
February 9, 2013

Play it again, Hilary Hahn: and she does, in a recital populated by encores from a myriad of composers.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Berkeley Symphony Illuminates Stories
February 7, 2013

“The Illuminators” program conducted by Joana Carneiro highlights musical associations and narratives with varying success.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony: The Rule of Spain and Britain
January 30, 2013

Charles Dutoit guest conducts, with mixed success, two works of French composers evoking Spain, plus an Elgar work mystifying Britain.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Eco Ensemble's Unsettlement House
January 26, 2013

Eco Ensemble admirably delivers some unsettling, foreboding music, with a noted film-score composer present.

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