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REVIEW:
SummerFest Concert Spotlights Gems from Eastern Europe

SanDiegoStory.com
Ken Herman
August 6, 2017

SummerFest Concert Spotlights Gems from Eastern Europe at UC San Diego

During the La Jolla Music Society’s regular October to May season, a typical evening’s program of chamber music presents a single pianist or a string quartet. Saturday’s (August 5) SummerFest program at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall offered four stellar pianists, the exciting Miró Quartet, and the wonderful Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova. Talk about an embarrassment of riches!

 

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REVIEW:
SummerFest Concert Spotlights Gems from Eastern Europe
2017-08-06T23:16:43+00:00

ARTICLE:
At SummerFest, a dose of sisterly symmetry

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
August 3, 2017

At La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, a dose of sisterly symmetry

Whether they are playing on two pianos or one, Christina and Michelle Naughton are so in sync with each other that it’s hard to distinguish one sister from the other.

That is true offstage as well. In a recent phone interview from their home in New York City, the 28-year-old twins talked rapidly without identifying — unless asked — which of them was speaking.

What if the wrong sister is quoted?

“Oh, it doesn’t matter,” said one.

 

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At SummerFest, a dose of sisterly symmetry
2017-08-03T18:45:39+00:00

ARTICLE:
La Jolla Music Society SummerFest one big extended family

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
July 28, 2017

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest one big extended family

SummerFest music director Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin has long thought of the annual chamber-music extravaganza in La Jolla as a big extended family. Of the approximately 70 highly accomplished musicians who are performing this year, several are making their debuts. They include Finland’s much-sought-after Olli Mustonen, who will be featured as both a pianist and composer, and the distinguished conductor David Zinman, who will lead the festival finale.

However, the majority of the musicians will be making encore performances at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, which runs Aug. 4 through Aug. 25. As in previous years, many of them will play pieces that are new to SummerFest’s repertoire.

 

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La Jolla Music Society SummerFest one big extended family
2017-07-30T22:35:11+00:00

ARTICLE:
Around the World in 24 Days: SummerFest 2017 to have international flair

La Jolla Light
Ashley Mackin
July 26, 2017

Around the World in 24 Days: La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2017 to have international flair

The 31st annual La Jolla Music Society SummerFest series promises to take concert-goers around the world without leaving La Jolla, Aug. 2-25. It features more than a dozen concerts, 23 artist debuts and two premieres that will showcase music from other countries at venues such as UC San Diego Department of Music’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall and Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, as well as community events in The Village. Single concert tickets are $45-$75 and festival subscriptions are $450-$865.

Cho-Liang Lin returns as musical director, but SummerFest 2017 will be the first with Kristin Lancino at the helm of La Jolla Music Society as president and artistic director.

Of the annual concert series, Lancino said, “La Jolla Music Society SummerFest is a must-go, must-hear concert event in an intimate setting, with some of the finest international performers and performances. It’s an extraordinary collection of artists you aren’t going to hear anywhere else and one of the leading summer events in the country.”

 

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Around the World in 24 Days: SummerFest 2017 to have international flair
2017-07-30T22:51:22+00:00

ARTICLE:
Summer arts preview: Top 10 classical music picks

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
May 26, 2017

Summer arts preview: Top 10 classical music picks

SummerFest: “Fiddles vs. Pianos”

The concert launching the La Jolla Music Society’s monthlong music extravaganza is a lighthearted faceoff between string players and pianists. Led by SummerFest music director and violinist Cho-Liang Lin, the musicians will play pieces by a wide variety of composers. The accomplished artists include pianists Michelle and Christina Naughton (who are twins) and Olga Kern, bassist DaXun Zhang and violinist Chee-Yun. 8 p.m. Aug. 4. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $50 to $75. (858) 459-3728 or ljms.itegritygroup.com

SummerFest: Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas

For lovers of piano-violin compositions, the performance of Beethoven’s sonatas should be heavenly.

8 p.m. Aug. 15, Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas I, featuring Cho-Liang Lin and Jon Kimura Parker. 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas II, featuring Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner. 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas IV, featuring Yura Lee and Gilles Vonsattel. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $45 to $65. (858) 459-3728 or ljms.itegritygroup.com

12:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas III, featuring Jennifer Koh and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Free. (858) 459-3728 or ljms.itegritygroup.com

SummerFest: Alisa Weilerstein

Renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join SummerFest for an evening of Bach and Brahms, joined by other acclaimed musicians, including pianist Inon Barnatan and clarinetist Anthony McGill. 8 p.m. Aug. 23. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, $45 to $65. (858) 459-3728 or ljms.itegritygroup.com

 

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ARTICLE:
Summer arts preview: Top 10 classical music picks
2017-07-30T23:08:11+00:00

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Summer arts preview: Top 10 pop music concert picks

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
May 26, 2017

Summer arts preview: Top 10 pop music concert picks

With apologies to woodchucks everywhere: How many San Diego summer concerts can a concertgoer go to if a San Diego concertgoer can go to an unlimited number of summer concerts? That question is easier to ask than to answer. There are so many options here this summer that the most intrepid concertgoer could clone themselves and still not get to all of them. Here, in chronological order, are 10 — concerts, not clones — at the top of our list.

Regina Carter
This electrifying violinist shines whether playing jazz, classical, African music or reinventing a Jimi Hendrix classic. Better yet, Regina Carter brings a deep sense of joy to every mesmerizing note she plays. 8 p.m., Aug. 19. SummerFest, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego.

 

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Summer arts preview: Top 10 pop music concert picks
2017-07-30T23:04:10+00:00