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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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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November 5, 2012

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

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SF Symphony Lang Lang
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October 25, 2012

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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October 16, 2012

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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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 17, 2012

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

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Daniel Bernard Roumain 2012
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May 8, 2012

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

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Zwilich World Premiere 2012
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May 2, 2012

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

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