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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Festival REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ojai North Beats in Berkeley
June 11, 2012

The Ojai North festival began with an outdoor hour of exquisitely graduated, nature-inspired sounds; John Luther Adams' Inuksuit arranged by Steven Schick.

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CD REVIEW
  Alison Balsom  A Trumpet Without the Ouch
June 1, 2012

Alison Balsom’s latest compilation of her trumpet selections offers some tried-and-true along with several new pieces for her, all played in her distinctive manner.

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Critics' Picks
Hilary Hahn 130x130 Thumb
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May 24 - 27

One of the best concerts of the season will be heard in May.

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Critics' Picks
Daniel Bernard Roumain 2012
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May 18

Fans of the Oakland East Bay Symphony should be on pins and needles for its upcoming May concert.

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Critics' Picks
Zwilich World Premiere 2012
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May 10 - 13

The New Century Chamber Orchestra is one of the great Bay Area institutions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Outwater Rides to Berkeley Symphony's Rescue
April 26, 2012

Filling in for an injured Joana Carneiro, Edwin Outwater’s arrival at the Berkeley Symphony didn’t just save the day, his vigorous and focused approach effected an outstanding set of performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Firebird and Flash With Denève at the Symphony
April 19, 2012

Mardi Gras, Nubian arabesques, garden insects, enchantments: All great subjects for evocative works of orchestral wizardry at the S.F. Symphony, deftly conducted by Stéphane Denève and superbly performed.

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Critics' Picks
Gabriela Lena Frank 2012
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April 26

Music Director Joana Carneiro leads Berkeley Symphony in a rousing season finale, taking the audience on a spellbinding journey to Hungary.

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Critics' Picks
Welser-Most 2012
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April 15 - 16

There is plenty of drama in this program for Welser-Möst’s operatic experience to shine.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
   Gold Coast: Potpourri Rhapsody
March 24, 2012

A well-planned program of chamber music presents works both new and time-tested, plus a few attractive incidentals.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Musical Realms Assayed in Final Mavericks Chamber Concert
March 18, 2012

With songs and a bang, the S.F. Symphony performs challenging works with true glory.

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Festival REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Cheers for Mavericks: Innovative Transmissions, Wizardry, and Jest
March 15, 2012

Pairs of contrasting works illustrated 20th-century extremes and 21st-century frontiers of orchestration at the Mavericks Festival were brilliantly juxtaposed and together made for a wonderful concert.

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Festival REVIEW
 Other Minds  From the Interesting to the Unendurable
March 4, 2012

Two long nights at a new-music festival prove to be a trial, leavened by a couple of wake-up works.

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CD REVIEW
  Alan Hovhaness: <em>Exile Symphony</em> Hovhaness’ Early Influences
February 17, 2012

A superprolific Armenian-American composer said that ideas “persecute him,” causing him to write every day. This CD offers a range of his works, with their high-quality tunes and, in one work, effective drama.

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Critics' Picks
American Mavericks 2012
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March 10 - 14

For the purest maverickism, attend the second concert honoring four rule-breakers and featuring top-notch artists.

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Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  Gatsby: All There But the Center
February 10, 2012

Ensemble Paralléle's production of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, newly trimmed and reorchestrated with the help of Jacques Desjardins, is a triumph of improvement over previous productions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Time For Bruckner, Blomstedt, S.F. Symphony
February 8, 2012

The S.F. Symphony's concert entirely devoted to Bruckner’s massive Fifth Symphony, offered a time-bending experience for those utterly engaged by the work.

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Critics' Picks
Herbert Blomstedt SF Symphony 2012
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February 8 - 10

Herbert Blomstedt leads the Symphony in what many believe is his signature piece, Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Marin Symphony  Elgar and  Symphonies Enlighten at Marin
January 31, 2012

If you ever wondered how today’s symphonies contrast with those of a century ago, a trip to the Marin Symphony to hear Alasdair Neal conduct the orchestra would have been enlightening.

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CD REVIEW
   Masterpiece Recorded by Mackerras, At Last
January 25, 2012

A fascinating, rarely heard Czech symphony by Josef Suk meditates on death, and is well worth a hearing.

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