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REVIEW:
Kavakos, Wang take audience on ‘profound musical journey’

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
February 13, 2017

Kavakos, Wang take audience on ‘profound musical journey’

“Violinist Leonidas Kavakos made a rare appearance in San Diego Saturday evening at the Balboa Theatre. The Greek virtuoso is well known in Europe, not so much here.

His accompanist, however—Yuja Wang—is one of the hottest pianists of her generation, and audiences pack venues to hear her play.

Wang’s presence on Saturday’s bill for the La Jolla Music Society may have sold more tickets, but Kavakos won over listeners with his incredible artistry.

Flawless instrumental technique always impresses. Kavakos had outstanding command of his instrument, a 1724 Stradivarius. He popped off stratospheric notes from nowhere, perfectly in tune and singing expressively. Jumping back and forth between highest and lowest strings? No problem! Lightning fast runs? Here you go! Extreme changes in tone, flickering back and forth? Piece o’ cake! And no matter what the technical demands, he could always produce a passionate sound that hit you square in the heart and radiated out through your bones.”

 

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REVIEW:
Kavakos, Wang take audience on ‘profound musical journey’
2017-02-14T13:52:35+00:00

ARTICLE:
Branford Marsalis talks golf, jazz, funk, Elton John and Cheech & Chong

San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
January 29, 2017

Branford Marsalis talks golf, jazz, funk, Elton John and Cheech & Chong

“Saxophone star Branford Marsalis has stood out whether leading his own bands, serving as music director on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” or playing with such varied artists as Miles Davis, Sting, the Grateful Dead, Public Enemy, Dizzy Gillespie, Tina Turner and Harry Connick, Jr.

What this multiple Grammy Award winner does not play well, despite years of effort, is golf.

“I play all the time — I just suck!” said the New Orleans native, who performs in San Diego Feb. 10 at the Balboa Theatre with his quartet and guest singer Kurt Elling, under the auspices of the La Jolla Music Society.

“I have kids and I have to prioritize my time. When I get home, I have two to three hours to myself and I spend that time playing sax. Sometimes, I’ll get sick of (hearing) myself and then I’ll play golf. I don’t have the amount of time required to improve, but I keep trying. Maybe, one day, I’ll improve. I enjoy it.””

 

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Branford Marsalis talks golf, jazz, funk, Elton John and Cheech & Chong
2017-01-31T12:22:46+00:00

REVIEW:
A Most Welcome Czech Invasion: the PKF-Prague Philharmonia

SanDiegoStory.com
Ken Herman
January 26, 2017

A Most Welcome Czech Invasion: the PKF-Prague Philharmonia

“The PKF-Prague Philharmonia brought its quite traditional, all-Czech program to the Jacobs Music Center Wednesday (January 25), thrilling the hall’s substantial audience with its muscular, propulsive style and mellow Central European sound. Although the orchestra is a newcomer—it was founded in 1994—its musical DNA goes back to the 19th century, when Prague was a remote but lively cultural citadel in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

It only took a few measures of the Prague Philharmonia violins playing alone in Bed?ich Smetana’s beloved “Moldau” to confirm that sweet, satiny sonority that is the birthright of string players from that part of Europe. Their unique timbre coupled with (no doubt) prodigious amounts of rehearsing produced a solid ensemble that is untouchable. And the cello section, in their opening solos in the outer movements of Antonín Dvo?ák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, outdid the violins in mesmerizing pulchritude.”

 

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A Most Welcome Czech Invasion: the PKF-Prague Philharmonia
2017-01-31T11:35:11+00:00

ARTICLE:
What happens to San Diego institutions if Trump guts federal arts funding?

INewsSource.org
Brad Racino
January 30, 2017

What happens to San Diego institutions if Trump guts federal arts funding?

“President Donald Trump’s staff is proposing to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency that has funded art performance, research and accessibility since its formation in 1965, according to a recent report in The Hill.

To understand how that decision would affect San Diego, inewsource dug into NEA grant data and spoke with local arts leaders. Here’s what we found:

In terms of general operating expenses, no single local arts organization would crumble from a lack of NEA funding. Large institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Old Globe theater and the San Diego Symphony have multimillion-dollar budgets, making the average $25,000 NEA grant a drop in the bucket. Smaller, scrappier arts organizations might scramble a bit, but wouldn’t close up shop.

Nevertheless, the effect would be tangible.”

 

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ARTICLE:
What happens to San Diego institutions if Trump guts federal arts funding?
2017-01-31T11:33:39+00:00

REVIEW:
In La Jolla Music Society concert, PKF-Prague Philharmonia delivers heroic performance

San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
January 26, 2017

In La Jolla Music Society concert, PKF-Prague Philharmonia delivers heroic performance

“The PKF-Prague Philharmonia may not have the prestige of Prague’s oldest orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, but PKF’s tight, powerful accounts of music by Smetana and Dvo?ák Wednesday evening proved them worthy musical ambassadors.

Sponsored by the La Jolla Music Society, PKF brought 19th-century Czech warhorses to Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall: Smetana’s “The Moldau” and Dvo?ák’s “Cello Concerto” and Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88.

PKF is one of several orchestras that sprang up in Prague after the Velvet Revolution brought an end to Communist Party rule in Czechoslovakia. Less than a quarter-century old, PKF is comprised of earnest young musicians who play with precision and fervor.

At 64 players, PKF was smaller than most symphony orchestras, yet larger than the typical chamber orchestra. In climactic passages, they filled the hall with powerful low resonance and bright brass sonorities. They responded to the direction of Emmanuel Villaume with slick ensemble work and cohesive phrasing.”

 

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In La Jolla Music Society concert, PKF-Prague Philharmonia delivers heroic performance
2017-01-26T13:48:48+00:00

REVIEW:
Kronos Quartet celebrates female inspiration, ethnic diversity

San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
January 21, 2017

Kronos Quartet celebrates female inspiration, ethnic diversity

“The Kronos Quartet’s concert Friday evening at Sherwood Auditorium was an uplifting antidote to Donald Trump’s inaugural address. Trump proposed, “America first.” Kronos countered with “One Earth, One People, One Love,” the title of Terry Riley’s composition.

Everything on the program, presented by the La Jolla Music Society, was commissioned by Kronos, and their choice of composers celebrated inclusivity.

Most American string quartets devote themselves to music by dead white European guys. Kronos played nine works, with only one by a white European male — and very much alive.”

 

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Kronos Quartet celebrates female inspiration, ethnic diversity
2017-01-25T16:03:49+00:00

REVIEW:
Louis Lortie Features Wagner on La Jolla Piano Recital

SanDiegoStory.com
Ken Herman
January 15, 2017

Louis Lortie Features Wagner on La Jolla Piano Recital

“Canadian pianist Louis Lortie gambled on his unorthodox programming at Sherwood Auditorium Saturday (January 14) for the La Jolla Music Society.

A solo recital devoted entirely to orchestral transcriptions, most of which were from Richard Wagner’s operas, was bound to test the patience of any audience, and, indeed, a few folk departed politely at intermission. Although these virtuoso piano transcriptions and pastiche opera “reminiscences” were staples of 19th-century recitals, our compact discs, DVD’s and convenient YouTube clips of arias and even complete opera performances have eliminated a primary purpose of these period transcriptions.”

 

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REVIEW:
Louis Lortie Features Wagner on La Jolla Piano Recital
2017-01-17T10:39:05+00:00

ARTICLE:
Classical music: My wish for 2017 is …

San Diego Union-Tribune
Michael Rocha
December 30, 2016

Classical music: My wish for 2017 is …

“For artists and audiences, a new year brings a blank canvas, a fresh page, a wide-open stage upon which to start building from the blueprint of creative dreams. With that opportunity for a brand-new start in mind, we asked some prominent figures from across San Diego’s arts community to tell us: What’s your biggest wish for your field in 2017?”

 

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Classical music: My wish for 2017 is …
2017-01-02T11:25:19+00:00

ARTICLE:
LJMS Brings More Music

San Diego Jewish Journal
Natalie Jacobs
November 28, 2016

LJMS Brings More Music

“When Pinchas Zukerman was in town for the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, he quietly led a Master Class at the La Jolla Library. It was free, open to the public and filled up quickly. This is rare, that a small group of regular people get such an up-close experience with a musician of Zukerman’s stature. But for the La Jolla Music Society and its educational programming team of two, this is just one part of a big mission.

“[As] part of … SummerFest, we ask that all 80-plus musicians engage in some sort of education activity,” explains Leah Rosenthal, director of artistic planning and education for LJMS. “I would say that almost all of them have [offered an educational program in addition to their performance].”

The Society’s winter season follows the same protocol – it is Rosenthal and Education Manager Allison Boles’ goal to get artists out into the community to expose budding musicians and dancers to the personalities and talents of touring artists. It’s also about exposing different communities to classical and chamber music and dance.”

 

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LJMS Brings More Music
2016-12-13T10:36:08+00:00

REVIEW:
Takács Quartet’s Star Turn in La Jolla

SanDiegoStory.com
Ken Herman
December 10, 2016

Takács Quartet’s Star Turn in La Jolla

“In the realm of chamber music, Beethoven’s 16 string quartets stand as a defining moment of the genre. And any string quartet that plays the standard repertory aspires to leave a record of the complete Beethoven set as a key portion of its legacy.

The esteemed Takács Quartet finished recording all 16 Beethoven string quartets for Decca some 10 years ago, a set that drew high critical praise, and continues to perform this core repertory whenever their presenters give them a chance. For their Friday (December 9) concert at La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium for the La Jolla Music Society, the Takács Quartet offered an exhilarating account of three Beethven string quartets, one from each of the master’s developmental periods.

The quartet’s fresh, vibrant ensemble, immaculate balance, and beautifully matching timbres place this ensemble in the elite circle of chamber music performers. Projecting a visceral sense of continual discovery, Takács rescued this music from sounding like hallowed masterpieces that need to be heard solely for their pious edification.”

 

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REVIEW:
Takács Quartet’s Star Turn in La Jolla
2016-12-12T10:41:56+00:00