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Joe Cadagin

Joe Cadagin is a doctoral student in musicology at Stanford University. His research focuses on post-war and contemporary opera, musical settings of Lewis Carroll, and the works of György Ligeti.

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
October 19, 2018

A straightforward production of Richard Strauss’s beautiful score.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 2, 2018

Leonidas Kavakos exploits contrasts in the Violin Concerto and Tilson Thomas finds a fresh approach to The Rite of Spring.

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Opera Review
August 14, 2018

West Edge Opera continues to delve into challenging contemporary works with this West-Coast premiere.

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Festival Review
August 7, 2018

Dan Dediu’s eccentric Grana rises above an otherwise staid program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 3, 2018

The eccentric and enormous work was lucid in the orchestra’s hands.

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Chamber Music Review
May 22, 2018

The "Transformations" program pairs Schoenberg's riotous Chamber Symphony No. 1 with intriguing new works by Julie Barwick and David Lipten.

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Chamber Music Review
May 8, 2018

Composer Martin Matalon’s score for a 1919 silent film comedy isn’t meant as underscoring, and that’s part of the problem.

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Modern Classical Review
April 16, 2018

The festival's third day questions how we communicate when sounds and meaning are divorced.

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Modern Classical Review
April 10, 2018

Bard Music West's second festival focused on a composer whose music still seems current.

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Opera Review
March 20, 2018

Great singing and comic staging bring out the best in Bellini's 1831 tale of a sleepwalking innocent.

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Opera Review
November 14, 2017

William Kentridge fuses physics, early modernist art, jazz-age music, and colonial history in a profound multimedia revue.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

In an ambitious program featuring pipa player Wu Man, the orchestra showed power in excess, with less finesse.

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Chamber Music Review
October 25, 2017

Hans Abrahmsen’s hour-long meditation, Snow, anchors an entertaining program from S.F. Contemporary Music Players.

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Chamber Music Review
October 10, 2017

Stravinsky’s century-old piece still resonates with more power and urgency than the contemporary works it inspired.

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Opera Review
August 15, 2017

Libby Larsen’s operatic adaptation of Shelley is less than riveting in a confusing production.

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Festival Review
August 7, 2017

In a concert featuring a wide range of subjects and inspiration, the older works fared best.

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Choral Review
March 7, 2017

The ensemble achieved sublimity in their rendition of a movement from Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.

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Chamber Music Review
January 11, 2017

The Rule of Three ruled this show, featuring a varied trio of concertos.

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Chamber Music Review
November 15, 2016

Composer Andy Akiho evokes computers instead of using them in his piano quintet. Maybe that’s the secret of his success.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 12, 2016

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen brought Romantic expressivity to a pair of neoclassical masterpieces.

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