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Steve Osborn

Steve Osborn, a medical writer and editor by day, moonlights as a violist, singer, and music critic.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Music Review
August 22, 2017

New music and old mixed together in a concert that showed how a balanced playlist can refresh the ears.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 28, 2017

First chairs take the limelight in a program featuring string soloists.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

The pianist’s lightning-fast concerto was just one highlight in a solid program from the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 12, 2016

A star turn by a young violinist, and strong conducting from guest Mei-Ann Chen started the new year off right in at Weill Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 14, 2015

The Pacifica Quartet communicate so strongly during a performance, they’re as engaging as the music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 13, 2015

Christina and Michelle Naughton were the highlight of the orchestra’s October concert set.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 5, 2015

Mahler’s Third Symphony is a long haul, but the Santa Rosa Symphony was in it to win it.

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Recital Review
March 30, 2015

Gil Shaham may play the violin at superhuman speeds, but his performance of Bach's complete sonatas and partitas lost a lot in translation.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 9, 2015

Star Argentine bandoneónist J.P. Jofre played brilliantly in a world premiere by UC Davis composer Pablo Ortiz.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 12, 2015

The violinist's bravura playing dominated the concert, but it was Copland who triumphed, musically.

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Recital Review
October 25, 2014

Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax play a concert in Santa Rosa to great effect despite a change of venue.

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Festival Review
August 8, 2014

A Music in the Vineyards concert at Silverado Vineyards showcases the viola to great effect.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
August 2, 2014

The impressive National Youth Orchestra rings out with joy and conviction in Weill Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 22, 2014

The Santa Rosa Symphony,with piano soloist Jeffrey Kahane and conductor Bruno Ferrandis, performed a benefit concert in honor of more than 20,000 children served by the Symphony's extensive outreach efforts.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 16, 2014

A fuller than usual crowd gathered for the Santa Rosa Symphony concert on Sunday afternoon. One reason may have been the "Sons of the Fjord" program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 7, 2013

An inspiring performance of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War is paired with some serious L. Bernstein and light L. Mozart.

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Recital Review
September 21, 2013

In concert, Itzhak Perlman's playing puts amplification concerns to rest, proving he would be just as beguiling on an electric violin as on a Stradivarius.

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Festival Review
August 24, 2013

At a Napa Valley vineyard, a thirsty audience laps up a liquescent recital, with one hilarious interlude.

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Festival Review
August 14, 2013

A performance by  the Ortelius Trio — Joshua Roman, Dale Barltrop, and Victor Asuncion — at Markham Vineyards is distinct, memorable, and completely delightful, aided by impeccable acoustics.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 11, 2013

The Santa Rosa Symphony, with guest pianist Olga Kern, parade Russian classics in a resounding season-capper.

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