Author Archives: Vanessa Dinning

REVIEW:
Takács Quartet underplays early Beethoven, but hits the right notes in late quartet

San Diego Union-Tribune Christian Hertzog December 10, 2016 Takács Quartet underplays early Beethoven, but hits the right notes in late quartet “Beethoven’s birthday is Dec. 16, but he had an early celebration Friday evening at Sherwood Auditorium. There the Takács Quartet presented an all-Beethoven program as the opening concert of the La …

REVIEW:
Pianist Hélène Grimaud’s Astonishing Artistry

SanDiegotory.com Ken Herman December 2, 2016 Pianist Hélène Grimaud’s Astonishing Artistry “Of budding young piano virtuosos there is surely no shortage. The number of promising performers who understand how to program creatively, however, remains distressingly small. Hélène Grimaud’s stunning Thursday (Dec. 1) recital for the La Jolla …

ARTICLE:
Fierce, Musically Driven Twyla Tharp Dance Comes to Spreckels

SanDiegoStory.com Kris Eitland October 20, 2016 Fierce, Musically Driven Twyla Tharp Dance Comes to Spreckels “Twyla Tharp fans are in for a tantalizing night, as she sends a fierce band of dancers to the Spreckels Theatre Oct. 22, as part of her 50th Anniversary Tour. “We are fierce because she is so versatile and has done it all,” says Ron …

ARTICLE:
Twyla Tharp reflects on 50-year career and looks ahead to future

San Diego Union-Tribune George Varga October 20, 2016 Twyla Tharp reflects on 50-year career and looks ahead to future “Twyla Tharp last year celebrated her 50th anniversary as an award-winning choreographer. She is a tireless force in a world of dance that she has indelibly impacted, both as a performer and deft architect of movement. During …

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Maisky meets Bach’s cello challenge with aplomb

San Diego Jewish World Eileen Wingard August 26, 2016 Maisky meets Bach’s cello challenge with aplomb “LA JOLLA, California — Mischa Maisky’s cello was crafted by Domenico Montagnana in Venice, in 1720, the same year that Bach composed his six solo cello suites in Anhalt-Coethen. During two consecutive evenings at Sherwood Hall, as part …

REVIEW:
Violinist Shaham makes SummerFest finale magic

San Diego Union-Tribune Christian Hertzog August 27, 2016 Violinist Shaham makes SummerFest finale magic Auditorium adds acoustic finesse to Music Society’s last event at venue “When Gil Shaham and Cho-Liang Lin play in the last desks of the first violins, that’s a special orchestra. When Shaham takes a chair in the very last stand after astonishing …

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Shaham Shines in Prokofiev Concerto for SummerFest Grand Finale

SanDiegoStory.com Ken Herman August 28, 2016 Shaham Shines in Prokofiev Concerto for SummerFest Grand Finale “In accord with the longstanding La Jolla SummerFest tradition, Friday’s (August 26) grand finale performance featured a chamber orchestra, conducted this season by James Conlon with violinist Gil Shaham as soloist. Sadly, the orchestra’s …

REVIEW:
The Passionate Chamber Music of Liszt and Tchaikovsky

SanDiegoStory.com Ken Herman August 25, 2016 The Passionate Chamber Music of Liszt and Tchaikovsky “Pianist Marc-André Hamelin, featured in Wednesday’s (August 24) La Jolla SummerFest concert, is no stranger to San Diego audiences. In January of this year, he gave winning accounts of piano concertos by Ravel and Gershwin with the San Diego …

REVIEW:
Hamelin honored with heroic embrace at SummerFest

San Diego Union-Tribune Christian Hertzog August 25, 2016 Hamelin honored with heroic embrace at SummerFest Pianist joins cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Paul Huang for ‘a spectacular performance’ of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Piano Trio’ “If you love the music of Alkan or Godowsky, you’re probably a fan of pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Don’t …

ARTICLE & VIDEO:
Enjoy “The Star Spangled Banner” as performed on a 300-year-old violin

Cut 4 at NLB.com Gemma Kaneko August 23, 2016 Enjoy “The Star Spangled Banner” as performed on a 300-year-old violin “he U.S. national anthem has enjoyed many different renditions over its 200-plus years of its existence, performed by Whitney Houston, Taylor Swift and Andrew McCutchen’s mom alike. But perhaps no version has been …