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
 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
  • Critics Pick
April 17, 2012

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
  • Critics Pick
March 30, 2012

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
  • Critics Pick
February 15, 2012

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
  • Critics Pick
February 4, 2012

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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 California Symphony  Food for Thought With the California Symphony
January 24, 2012

Score one for the California Symphony and cello soloist Joshua Roman, who displays major talent.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Exquisite Contrasts Vitalize S.F. Symphony Afternoon
January 19, 2012

Two dazzling women — a pianist, a flamenco singer — infused a San Francisco Symphony matinee with a vivacity that thrilled listeners.

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Artist Spotlight
January 20, 2012

A Bay Area ensemble performs a reduced-forces version of a classic American novel, set in opera form by John Harbison.

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Feature Article
January 2, 2012

Lovers of orchestral music are in for something special, even historic, in the spring season. If you can’t spend everything on tickets, let SFCV guide you to the best of the best.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Off and On With the Great Star Mattila
December 6, 2011

Sage artistry and inconsistently appropriate voice for repertoire characterized Karita Mattila’s recital of French, Finnish and German songs Tuesday night at Herbst Theatre.

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