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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 …

REVIEW: A good day for Aaron Jay Kernis at SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 10, 2012 As Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis explained from the Sherwood Auditorium stage Friday, he was having a very good month. His newest piece, “Perpetual Chaconne,” had been premiered at Chamber Music Northwest two weeks earlier. Now it was about to be played at the La Jolla Music …

REVIEW: Jazz Duo Wins Olympic Gold

San Diego Story By Ken Herman August 9, 2012 If you were searching for a convincing demonstration of that overused adage “less is more,” I would suggest a jazz performance by the exquisite duo of Branford Marsalis and Eric Revis. SummerFest 2012 presented the renowned saxophonist and bassist Wednesday (Aug. 8) on the second half of a program …

REVIEW: Branford Marsalis shows no fear at SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 9, 2012 You have to give Branford Marsalis credit: he has absolutely no fear. It was probably pretty scary when he joined Art Blakey’s famed Jazz Messengers while still a student. And he undoubtedly he had some frightful moments while musical director of the Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” Then there …

REVIEW: Gabriel and Jeffrey Kahane intriguing, perplexing, at SummerFest

UT San Diego By James Chute August 7, 2012 You can only admire SummerFest for taking a risk and presenting an unconventional pairing of singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane and his father, pianist Jeffrey Kahane, as the centerpiece of the first of three Tuesday concerts at Sherwood Auditorium exploring the music of Schubert. An intriguing program that also …

REVIEW: Riveting Water Passion at SummerFest

San Diego Story By Ken Herman August 6, 2012 With composer Tan Dun on the podium, La Jolla SummerFest’s riveting presentation of his “Water Passion” at the La Jolla Playhouse Saturday (August 4) may be the festival’s finest hour. And not simply of this 2012 SummerFest, but of every SummerFest since the annual event was launched …

REVIEW: Tan Dun’s Water Passion offers a journey into stillness

UT San Diego By James Chute August 5, 2012 Perhaps it’s inevitable that the most moving portion of Tan Dun’s monumental “Water Passion After St. Matthew” is the very end, when the chorus and soloists have stopped singing, the violinist and cellist have ceased playing, the percussionists are nearly motionless, and the composer …
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