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Jerry Kuderna

Jerry Kuderna is a pianist who gives lecture/recitals every Friday at the Berkeley Arts festival.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 28, 2015

The orchestra — joined by the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, Pacific Boychoir Academy, and San Francisco Girls Chorus — gave a near-perfect performance brimming with joy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 15, 2015

Beethoven’s Mass becomes a staged multi-media experience, complete with light show and wandering soloists.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2015

Conductor Emeritus Herbert Blomstedt led a deeply felt performance and Ragnar Bohlin’s chorus shone.

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Recital Review
March 25, 2014

A virtuoso pianist makes a rare Bay Area appearance, richly rewarding her audience with evanescent renditions of a Schubert sonata and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

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Choral Review
February 22, 2014

Superb singing launches the new ensemble Capella SF into the stratosphere of vocal music, as it ranges over the centuries up to today.

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CD Review
September 20, 2013

Playing a 1738 Haarlem organ, Jonathan Dimmock delivers heaven-storming renditions of Bach, alternating with sundry delights.

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Choral Review
July 12, 2013

American Bach Soloists present Heinrich Biber’s rarely performed, 53-section Missa Salisburgensis, raining glory on all the performers.

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Chamber Music Review
May 20, 2013

Earplay's concerts at the ODC, focusing on works for solo strings, demonstrates that intellect and inspiration are not incompatible, borne out by repertoire choices and stunning performances.

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Recital Review
November 13, 2011

A performer and scholar plays and talks about J.S. Bach’s French Suites, performing them on a triplet of harpsichords variously tuned. The result: hearing them better than ever.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 27, 2011

The Berkeley Symphony, in its third season under Joana Carneiro, continues to celebrate young talent in a concert that was a victory for composer, performers, and audience.

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Choral Review
March 19, 2011

Cantare Chorale met the massive challenges Beethoven posed in his shattering Missa Solemnis, with the chorus and soloists ranging from inspiring to sublime.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2011

What sacred music do you set alongside Mozart’s great Requiem in a concert? The San Francisco Symphony movingly squared the circle Thursday with works by Morton Feldman and Mindaugas Urbaitis.

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CD Review
February 15, 2011

Hélène Grimaud’s new solo disc Resonances comprises the recital program she has been touring this past season. It is a welcome change to find a pianist willing to risk the juxtaposition of Mozart and Berg.

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Recital Review
October 24, 2010

If you wanted to come up with a pairing of diametric opposites on a piano recital, you might choose the complete Ligeti Études and Bach’s Goldberg Variations, two monumental works that at first glance seem psychologically light years apart. This was Jeremy Denk’s Bay Area solo debut program. It promised to be an auspicious one, and I couldn’t wait to see if he would pull it off.

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Chamber Music Review
October 10, 2010

It seemed an exciting if daunting prospect: hearing all of Beethoven’s cello sonatas at one sitting. Chamber music has a way of enlivening performers and audiences, and of inspiring them in ways that the solo and concerto literature, with its focus on the individual artist, often can’t. Cal Performances gave us the chance to witness Beethoven’s development from kid-wonder to the visionary master he was to become.

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Recital Review
April 25, 2010

As every classical music lover knows by now, this is a big anniversary year for Chopin and Schumann. Still, somehow we are never quite prepared to fully comprehend their vast achievements as composers for the piano. Emanuel Ax’s recital at Davies Symphony Hall Sunday showed how difficult it is to reconcile these two giants of the Romantic period.

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Choral Review
March 20, 2010

From the hauntingly tentative first notes, or rather the first words of a poem prefacing the Brahms Requiem sung Saturday by the powerful but always beautifully balanced and expressive Cantare Chorale led by Artistic Director David Morales, I knew I was about to have a unique experience. I was to have a window not only into Johannes Brahms’ spiritual world, but also into the worlds of seven young men and women from diverse cultures and backgrounds, who, as members of the Martin Luther King Freedom Center, had written poetry to accomp

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Recital Review
January 10, 2010

Garrick Ohlsson’s credentials as an interpreter of Frédéric Chopin — he has recorded the complete works, twice — place him in the top echelon of modern pianists. Many performers possess the technical prowess and power to treat the piano as a slave and to do pretty much as they please to the music.

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Recital Review
November 1, 2009

Maybe it was the Halloween season, or the full moon, or just because he could. Presented by Cal Performances, pianist Louis Lortie’s recital Sunday at Hertz Hall was composed of works having something to do with diabolical virtuosity.

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Festival Review
August 2, 2009

“We are looking for someone who will touch us deeply, in a way that we cannot forget.” These words, spoken by the pianist Menahem Pressler in a documentary about the Van Cliburn competition, came to mind while listening to his solo recital at this summer’s [email protected] Festival.

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