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VIOLINIST-LEADER BRINGS NEW SPIRIT TO NEW CENTURY

VIOLINIST-LEADER BRINGS NEW SPIRIT TO NEW CENTURY

Daniel Hope’s Right Shoulder Provides the Downbeat The return of violinist Daniel Hope is one of the happiest events of the 2017 Bay Area music scene. If there was any doubt about his musical eloquence, the English maestro led the ensemble in an inspired rendition of the Tchaikovsky “Serenade for Strings” in the Sept. 21 season opener for the New Century Chamber Orchestra. The serenade itself of course is one of the most inspired pieces ever to come out of Russia:…

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CAPTURING THE ELUSIVE CONCERT AUDIENCE

CAPTURING THE ELUSIVE CONCERT AUDIENCE

As concert sets go, SoundBox is an eclectic hybrid drawing new audience by the carload. An innovative offshoot of the San Francisco Symphony, it is part concert, part light show, part video art, part sonic experience, part schmoozing time, part date night and part night club. The intimate evenings remain one of the hottest tickets of all, regularly selling out all the tickets within 10 minutes of sales launch on the web. For the SFS musicians who spend most of…

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CONTEMPORARY GALLIC-BERKELEY LINKAGE

CONTEMPORARY GALLIC-BERKELEY LINKAGE

Parisian Ensemble Visits the West Coast BERKELEY—An earth-shaking, all-contemporary, all-imported concert was saved with two ensemble pieces offering real music, not just sonic experiments. For the first time since its founding in 1976, Pierre Boulez’s renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain came to Cal from Paris, borrowing a good many percussion instruments from the university for the occasion. For Cal Performances, the booking marks a milestone. Musicians from Paris, yes, but only one of the four composers, Franck Bedrossian, was French. Ascribe it…

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