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REVIEW: Kent Nagano conducts a fabulous finish for SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 24, 2012 There are few works as time-tested as Rossini’s Overture to “The Barber of Seville.” Whether as the theme to a Bugs Bunny cartoon, a “Seinfeld” or “Simpsons” episode, or the all-too-common opening to a conventional symphony program, it’s one of classical music’s …

REVIEW: Philippe Quint enlivens exceptional SummerFest concert

UT San Diego By James Chute August 22, 2012 When violinist Philippe Quint quietly made his SummerFest debut Sunday in Fauré’s Quartet in C minor with violist Toby Hoffman, cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist Inon Barnatan, he sounded a bit uncomfortable. But what a difference a couple days makes. In a rewarding all-Schubert program at Sherwood Auditorium …

REVIEW: Lin and Brahms are an inspiration at SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 22, 2012 Is there a more remarkable piece of music than Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major? It’s a work he wrote when he was 20, and then rewrote when he was nearly 60. Listening to violinist Cho-Liang Lin, cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist Jon Kimura Parker’s inspired performance Wednesday in a SummerFest …

REVIEW: Pianist Pablo Ziegler Goes All In At La Jolla’s SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 20, 2012 Pablo Ziegler isn’t someone who goes halfway. If you engage the “New Tango” legend for “An Evening with Pablo Ziegler,” as SummerFest did Saturday at Sherwood Auditorium, you get “An Evening with Pablo Ziegler.” The 68-year-old pianist and composer played on every …

REVIEW: Hoffman family visits SummerFest Sunday

UT San Diego By James Chute August 19, 2012 If SummerFest truly wanted to maker Sunday’s concert a Hoffman “Family Affair,” it could have had cellist Gary, violist Toby, and their baby sister, harpist Deborah, perform music by their oldest brother, composer Joel Hoffman. But the three younger Hoffmans, and a few friends and new acquaintances, …

REVIEW: Ralske-Jaber team shines at SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 17, 2012 Erik Ralske and Benjamin Jaber are used to working without a net. As principal French horns of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony, respectively, they routinely perform the seemingly impossible high-wire antics symphonic composers demand of this challenging instrument. But at SummerFest …

REVIEW: Tan Duns Water Passion wows SummerFest audience

La Jolla Light By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt August 17, 2012 On Saturday night, Aug. 4, a crowd of SummerFest music-lovers gathered at the La Jolla Playhouse to experience a multimedia oratorio written by Chinese composer Tan Dun to commemorate the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s death. Both aurally and visually stunning, “Water Passion After …

REVIEW: Igudesman & Joo offer A Little Nightmare Music at SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 16, 2012 As Igudesman & Joo demonstrated Wednesday night at SummerFest, spoofing classical music is hard work – an arduous, demanding task not for the faint hearted. It requires nerves of steel, an ability to memorize a substantial array of musical excerpts, split-second timing, a complete lack of self-consciousness …

REVIEW: SummerFest concert a study in the joy of chamber music

UT San Diego By James Chute August 15, 2012 Good things happen when clarinetist John Bruce Yeh is on stage, with the Calder Quartet was at the center of last weekend’s illuminating performance of Aaron Jay Kernis’ new “Perpetual Chaconne” at SummerFest. Tuesday, he was back at SummerFest in the second of three Schubert programs …

REVIEW: Elgar energizes Tokyo String Quartet at SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 12, 2012 Throughout the Tokyo String Quartet’s performances of Schubert last Tuesday and Haydn and Beethoven on Sunday, violist Kazuhide Isomura was all but invisible. The ensemble’s only founding member sat nearly motionless, his sound indistinguishable from the sound of the ensemble. But on the second …