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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
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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Opera Review
September 27, 2016

Solid performances highlight a streamlined production that emphasizes contemporary themes in the Weimar-era opera.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 10, 2016

With his opera in suspended animation, the composer Mark Grey puts forth a Frankenstein Symphony based on its themes at the Berkeley Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 3, 2016

In Hunger Strike, composer and vocalist Amy X Neuburg turns our attention to the conditions of solitary confinement.

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Modern Classical Review
April 26, 2016

The new-music ensemble takes the audience on a sonic trip with Fausto Romitelli’s eerie video opera at the Freight and Salvage.

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Recital Review
March 9, 2016

The extraordinary music Monk creates, largely with her own voice, still has the power to amaze, as a recital drawn from her long career showed.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
March 1, 2016

The often-ignored repertory of 17th-century oratorios, was given a vigorous, musically satisfying revival in California Bach Society’s latest concert set.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 5, 2016

Messiaen asks the orchestra to move us toward the infinite in Des Canyons aux étoiles.

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Modern Classical Review
February 1, 2016

The singer-songwriter/composer joined string quartet Brooklyn Rider for a different kind of Schubertiade.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 23, 2015

The early music ensemble performed “songs, dances, and fancies” with flair at Palo Alto’s First Presbyterian Church.

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Chamber Music Review
November 18, 2015

The quartet shifted seamlessly between genres in a wide-ranging program.

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