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, made do with Mozart, Bruch, Lutoslawski, Caplet, Saint-Saëns and Fauré.
Every piece on the easy-on-the-ears program at Sherwood Auditorium had at least one Hoffman, most had two, and the opening Adagio and Rondo in C Minor by Mozart had three. The entire program, but especially the Mozart, was a study in chemistry and musical relationships.