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Jessica Balik

Jessica Balik is a flutist and has a PhD in historical musicology from Stanford University.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 12, 2018

Edward Gardner provided a firm lead while Simon Trpčeski was rhapsodic on the keys.

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Chamber Music Review
February 27, 2018

Tertulia Chamber Music brings its mix of concert-going and culinary pleasure to San Francisco.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 13, 2018

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Jonathan Biss commission response pieces to Beethoven’s concertos and Salvatore Sciarrino took the anti-Beethoven role.

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Chamber Music Review
February 8, 2018

Eric Zivian and Sarah Cahill shine on Olivier Messiaen’s challenging work.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 16, 2018

The piano wizard brings out the best in the San Francisco Symphony in a program that ranged from the playful to the cerebral.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 11, 2017

Tao’s pyrotechnics were matched by guest conductor Gemma New, who led dynamic readings of works both fresh and familiar.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 14, 2017

A curious program pairs Ives with Dvořák and a misplaced serving of Gershwin.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben flirt with storytelling but hold back secrets.

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Chamber Music Review
October 31, 2017

Echoes of 19th-century American music permeate works by George Crumb and Caroline Shaw.

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Chamber Music Review
October 24, 2017

The flute-guitar-cello trio finds surprising new voices in old music and in newly minted commissions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 10, 2017

BSO’s music director led the orchestra and cello through a program of impressive firsts.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 26, 2017

A nostalgia-tinged program contrasted an intriguing, new American composition with Mahler’s Fourth.

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Modern Classical Review
August 15, 2017

The vibrant program showcased brilliant new compositions and outstanding musicianship.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 4, 2017

The S.F. Symphony, with soloists Sasha Cooke, Nicholas Phan, and Luca Pisaroni, navigated the challenging work in the orchestra’s season finale.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 13, 2017

The audience jumps to its feet for S.F. Symphony’s performance of a work that once inspired a riot.

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Chamber Music Review
May 23, 2017

The Sitkovetsky Trio and David Shifrin deliver an emotionally complex, vibrant program.

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Choral Review
May 16, 2017

It’s not easy to produce a good performance of Stockhausen’s tricky, modernist masterpiece, but credit to Voices of Silicon Valley for trying.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 8, 2017

Bass Denis Sedov and the Bay Area Men’s Chorus collaborate in Shostakovich’s masterful setting of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s Holocaust epic.

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Chamber Music Review
May 2, 2017

The intrepid ensemble explores the fringes of music and the universe with a world premiere and three recent compositions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 4, 2017

Along with soprano Deborah Voigt, Luisi and the DNSO are on the same wavelength, making music passionately.

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