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REVIEW: SummerFest Finale – Life is good with Cho-Liang Lin

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 23, 2013

It might have been Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin’s overall goal for SummerFest: “I hope you go home feeling good about life in general,” La Jolla Music Society festival’s music director told the near-capacity audience Friday at Sherwood Auditorium.

Mission accomplished.

SummerFest concluded Friday with energetic, life-affirming performances of Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, Symphony No. 40, and “Serenata Notturna” in D Major, and Britten’s “Simple Symphony.”

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REVIEW: SummerFest Finale – Life is good with Cho-Liang Lin 2014-01-27T11:25:50+00:00

REVIEW: Bach and Brahms: Songs of Faith and Songs of Love at SummerFest

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
August 22, 2013

SummerFest’s Bach and Beyond III program (Wednesday, Aug. 21) drafted the human voice to consider both the trials of love and the trials of faith. Love was ably represented by James Brahms’ effulgent song cycle “Nueus Liebeslieder Walzer,” Op. 65, and faith was covered by J.S. Bach’s Sacred Contata No. 99, “Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan.”

For consolation from those proverbial slings and arrows of love, Brahms turned to European folk wisdom and the poetry of Goethe. Not surprisingly, for spiritual consolation Bach turned to the flinty theology imbedded in a Lutheran chorale. For its quartet of robust voices to carry out these ministrations, SummerFest turned to the Metropolitan Opera’s roster of up-and-coming singers.

 

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REVIEW: Bach and Brahms: Songs of Faith and Songs of Love at SummerFest 2014-01-27T11:21:54+00:00

REVIEW: Meet SummerFest’s Mr. Clean

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 21, 2013

So who is this Michael Beattie guy?

Without fanfare, with few gestures, and with complete ease, he had them dancing at Wednesday’s third and final “Bach & Beyond” SummerFest program at Sherwood Auditorium.

That would be the musicians, not the audience. And they weren’t literally dancing; it’s just the two works on the program that Beattie led from the harpsichord, Bach’s Concerto in A major for Oboe d’Amore and the Cantata No. 99 (“Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan”), had an unusual degree of ryhthmic vitality, musical clarity and stylistic unanimity.

 

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REVIEW: Meet SummerFest’s Mr. Clean 2014-01-27T11:21:30+00:00

REVIEW: Trifonov electrifies at SummerFest

U-T San Diego
By James Chute
August 20, 2013

Count me in. I’m jumping on the Daniil Trifonov is classical music’s next big thing bandwagon. Trifonov’s superb performance of Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin electrified an overflow SummerFest audience in Sherwood Auditorium Tuesday.

Trifonov, who has won several international competitions including the Tchaikovsky and the Rubenstein, is that rare pianist who not only seemed to be an extension of the composer but an extension of the piano itself.

 

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REVIEW: Trifonov electrifies at SummerFest 2014-01-27T11:24:53+00:00

REVIEW: Master musical minds have a lot to say at SummerFest

Los Angeles Times
By Mark Swed
August 18, 2013

SummerFest, one of the country’s most significant chamber music festivals, devoted its annual program of new work Friday night at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art here to three American masters. The composers – Steven Stucky, David Del Tredici and John Harbison – are major figures and had never before appeared together on a program. Their works had something to say.

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REVIEW: Master musical minds have a lot to say at SummerFest 2014-01-27T11:14:26+00:00

REVIEW: SummerFest delivers with ‘Postcards’

U-T San Diego
By James Chute
August 17, 2013

One of the pleasures of SummerFest is seeing some of the same musicians in different contexts over the course of several programs.

Consider the Shanghai Quartet: violinists Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, violist Honggang Li, and cellist Nicholas Tzavaras.

On Wednesday they played Beethoven, on Friday they performed in a David Del Tredici world premiere and on Saturday’s appealing “Postcards From Paris” SummerFest program at Sherwood Auditorium, they joined Cho-Liang Lin and Joseph Kalichstein in an impassioned performance of Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet.
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REVIEW: SummerFest delivers with ‘Postcards’ 2014-01-27T11:20:43+00:00

REVIEW: Three world premieres and a side of Bartok

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
August 17, 2013

When it comes to commissioning new music, the odds for success are no better than those of the casual vacationer visiting a Las Vegas casino and hitting the jackpot. Wedding even an established composer to a generous stipend is no guarantee that the muse will bless this union with a felicitous progeny.

But there was no doubt that the muse of inspiration was smiling on the La Jolla Music Society Friday (Aug. 16), when SummerFest 2013 launched three new works by three distinguished American composers. Each composer, Steven Stucky, David Del Tredici and John Harbison, was present to introduce his new opus.

 

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REVIEW: Three world premieres and a side of Bartok 2014-01-27T11:21:09+00:00

PREVIEW: Gay bullying inspires composer David Del Tredici’s ‘Bullycide’

Los Angeles Times
By Mark Swed
August 15, 2013

You can’t seemingly find a more insider composer than David Del Tredici, whose “Bullycide” was commissioned by La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and will have its premiere Friday night in Sherwood Auditorium of the Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego.

He’s won a Pulitzer Prize and been composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic. He’s on teh faculty of City College of New York and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts adn Letters. He has been, in his music, obsessed with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Paul Revere” has been a subject of interest. He is very good at dazzling audiences.

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PREVIEW: Gay bullying inspires composer David Del Tredici’s ‘Bullycide’ 2014-01-27T11:14:06+00:00

PREVIEW: David Del Tredici is on a mission

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 11, 2013

David Del Tredici, whose most recent work will be premiered Friday at SummerFest, has a list of achievements that have already earned him a place in music history as one of the pioneers in the resurgence of tonality in classical music during the 1980s.

The distinguished, 76-year-old composer has won a Pulitzer Prize, election to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim and Woodrow Wilson fellowships, a Brandeis Creative Arts Award, a Friedheim Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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PREVIEW: David Del Tredici is on a mission 2014-01-27T11:13:42+00:00

REVIEW: SummerFest Chamber Music at The Loft: A Foretaste of Heaven

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
August 10, 2013

SummerFest Live @ The Loft, a concert of modernist chamber music staged in the intimate restaurant/performance space that is The Loft at UC San Diego, proved such a resounding success Friday (Aug. 9) that the only possible criticism would be the question, “Why didn’t someone think of trying this sooner?”

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REVIEW: SummerFest Chamber Music at The Loft: A Foretaste of Heaven 2014-01-27T11:13:18+00:00