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.

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Critics' Picks
Erin Wall
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February 6 - 10

The San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, conducted by Charles Dutoit, perform Hector Berlioz’s Te Deum in colossal mode, along with the Pacific Boychoir.

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Renee Fleming
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January 10 - 13

For those living the lush life, the San Francisco Symphony is presenting an all-French program featuring soprano Renée Fleming in orchestral songs by Debussy and Canteloube.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  New and Old Surprises at S.F. Symphony Concert
December 5, 2012

Wednesday night, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony played Mark Volkert’s Pandora for the first time, and it was full of surprises.

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Critics' Picks
Dylan Mattingly
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December 6

Berkeley Symphony and their music director, Joana Carneiro deeply engage contemporary symphonic music in all its diversity. 

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Firework Farewell From Salonen and Philharmonia
November 11, 2012

In their final Berkeley concert, Esa-Pekka Salonen and his Philharmonia Orchestra thrill Berkeley with an impassioned account of Mahler's 9th Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oakland East Bay Symphony  Oakland East Bay Symphony Celebrates Democracy
November 9, 2012

The opening night concert at Oakland's Paramount Theatre for the OEBS officially celebrated Democracy, in tune with the recent national election, and aptly symbolized in the programming.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Other Minds  Nancarrow's Genius Celebrated by Other Minds
November 4, 2012

Sponsored by Other Minds and a team of organizations including Cal Performances, the concerts celebrating Conlon Nancarrow's 100th at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall were a scene of fascination.

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Critics' Picks
bill-kalinkos-clarinet
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November 9

The Oakland East Bay Symphony concludes the national election work week with all American composers.

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Critics' Picks
SF Symphony Lang Lang
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October 31 - November 2

Two superstars will be playing two No. 2 concertos too difficult for most other mortals.

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Vladimir Jurowski
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Oct. 18 - 20

Many are familiar with Serge Prokofiev’s strikingly descriptive music for Serge Eisentstein’s film Alexander Nevsky. He also wrote equally expansive music, with vocal soloists and chorus, for another Eisenstein film extravaganza, Ivan the Terrible (1944)

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  <em>Moby Dick</em> Hits S.F. With a Splash
October 10, 2012

If the prolonged cheers and standing ovation of the opening-night audience are any indications, the outlook for Jake Heggie’s latest opera Moby Dick is smooth sailing.

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Opera REVIEW
 Livermore Valley Opera  Bold <em> Bohème </em> at Livermore Valley Opera
October 6, 2012

Bohemians in Paris populate Livermore Valley Opera’s lively, well-sung production of the Puccini classic.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Quadrachord: Meet Berkeley Symphony. Integrate.
October 4, 2012

Paul Dresher’s invention, the quadrachord, posed unanswered questions in a concerto that showed off the composer’s considerable gifts.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Adams Premiere Impresses at S.F. Symphony
September 28, 2012

The “imagined places” of Samuel Carl Adams’ Drift and Providence enriched the orchestral palette with new sounds, alongside Mahler's all-encompassing Fifth, reminding patrons of the S.F. Symphony’s world-class status.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 New Century Chamber Orchestra  Young Britten, Mature Bartók Honored at NCCO Opener
September 18, 2012

Youth and age made for interesting comparisons at the season opener for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s New Century Chamber Orchestra in Menlo Park.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 New Music Bay Area  From Cage to Conga: John Sanborn's <em>PICO</em>
September 14, 2012

Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera was its acronym. Audiovisual plethora was its game. Pleased-and participating-attendees, its result.

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Season Preview
September 4, 2012

Classics and new music sit side by side on the most exciting symphony concerts of the new season.

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Opera REVIEW
   Stalin Shines in <em>Red Tzar</em>
August 24, 2012

Red Tzar’s libretto is ill served by Lisa Scola-Prosek’s music at the Thick House.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 sfSoundSeries  Sound Like John Cage: Simply Itself
August 17, 2012

Tom Chiu and Christopher Jones free notes from traditional shackles at a centenary concert in honor of a great 20th-century innovator.

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Festival REVIEW
 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music  Revelatory Cabrillo Festival Concert
August 4, 2012

The Cabrillo Festival offers good and sufficient reasons to repeat phrases in compositions, or not.

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