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

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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CD REVIEW
  Saariaho: D'om Le Vrai Sens - Laterna Magica - Leino Songs Music From the Underworld
November 30, 2011

Take heart: Fascinating moods of music-to-despair-by comes from Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Marin Symphony  Marin Mahler, Bunch Enthuse Symphony Patrons
November 6, 2011

A Marin audience hails a fine Mahler performance and Kenji Bunch’s pleasurable new piano concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Bychkov Musters Solid Strauss and Schumann
November 2, 2011

Comfortable on the podium, commanding yet avuncular, Semyon Bychkov led substantial performances of two Richard Strauss works and Robert Schumann’s Second symphony Wednesday night at Davies Symphony Hall.

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Critics' Picks
Monica Ohuchi
  • Critics Pick
Nov. 6 - 8

If you’ve been avoiding “modern” music like the plague, you may not realize that fashion has brought new music back into audience-pleasing land. One of the more attractive young exponents of this trend is Kenji Bunch, the Oregon-born, multistylistic composer whose Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra brings back the glory days of melody.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Two Pairs Wins at Conservatory's BluePrint Opener
October 22, 2011

Chamber concertos and vocal works distinguish BluePrint’s program, inviting cross-comparisons and rewards for the ear.

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CD REVIEW
  Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 1
October 20, 2011

It’s about time for the American composer’s symphonies to be heard again, and the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz does him honor.

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Critics' Picks
Gustavo Dudamel
  • Critics Pick
Oct 23 - 24

Let’s hear it for “More power to the cello!” The L.A. Philharmonic and its dynamic director arrive in town with Johannes Moser his plugged in instrument.

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Critics' Picks
James Conlon
  • Critics Pick
October 14 - 16

If you’ve been dying to hear Shostakovich, his Symphony No. 14 is the one for you

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Petrenko Falters in Playing Elgar
October 5, 2011

At the helm of the San Francisco Symphony, with Joshua Bell as soloist, conductor Vasily Petrenko delivers on his program, but only half-way.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players  SFCMP Rewards Careful Listening
October 3, 2011

A revered San Francisco institution inhabits the Difficult Music Zone, with works new and really old, but all of them challenging to ear and mind.

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CD REVIEW
  Ralph Vaughan Williams/ Patrick Hadley Fen For Yourself
September 27, 2011

A cantata of fen and flood by Patrick Hadley puts one by Ralph Vaughan Williams in the shade.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 New Century Chamber Orchestra  NCCO Opens Top Drawer Results
September 22, 2011

The New Century Chamber Orchestra began their 20th with a fascinating program of works exploiting antecedent musical styles. It made for a mesmerizing evening showcasing the ensemble’s commitment, technique, synchrony, passion, and sheer joy of music-making.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Yo-Yo Ma, MTT, Hindemith Entertain
September 14, 2011

It has been 20 years since one of the best-regarded modern cello concertos has been played here. And it took the same wizard, Yo-Yo Ma, who played it then to show us now how to do it right; matched by MTT and the S.F. Symphony for quality in a spectacular evening of all-German repertoire.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  <em>Soldier</em> Passes Inspection
September 10, 2011

Like a well-trained infantryperson, Heart of a Soldier triumphed in its first battle with opera’s ultimate enemy, public indifference: Patrons greeted the premiere in the War Memorial Opera House with a sustained standing ovation.

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Feature Article
August 30, 2011

The 100th-anniversary season of the S.F. Symphony features a star-studded lineup. But it’s not the only orchestra with exciting performers and composers. Here are highlights from the birthday orchestra, as well as other concerts to put on the calendar.

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