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JUST IN: Season 45 Announced in Sunday’s UT San Diego

UT San Diego By James Chute March 31, 2013 Christopher Beach, the president and artistic director of the La Jolla Music Society, is passionate about the society’s concerts. But his favorite moments are the society’s board meetings. “We meet seven times a year at one of our member’s law offices,” Beach said. “I always …

REVIEW: Cellist Weilerstein Soars with Academy

San Diego Story By Ken Herman March 3, 2013 On rare occasions, during a rapturous performance of great music, I am tempted to think that I will never again hear this work played so well. This has happened while hearing Yo-Yo Ma play an entire recital of J.S. Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suites; Christopher Taylor play Messiaen’s “Vingt …

REVIEW: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields charms at Balboa

UT San Diego By James Chute March 3, 2013 With the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, you know what you are going to get: clean, crisp, rhythmically buoyant playing with a remarkable unanimity of sound and approach. As they say, this oft-recorded and well-traveled ensemble is money, and it proved it again Saturday at the Balboa Theatre in a satisfying, …

PREVIEW: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

UT San Diego By James Chute February 27, 2013 During the 1970s and the 1980s, the phrase “Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields” was so ubiquitous in classical music that The New Yorker ran a cartoon with a parrot squawking their names. But the London-based ensemble is more than a memory, even if Marriner has moved on. Through …

JUST IN: SummerFest 2013 season is announced

UT San Diego By James Chute February 23, 2013 SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin is always looking for ways to mix it up a little bit at the La Jolla Music Society’s annual, three-week chamber music extravaganza that is generally considered one of the top summer music festivals in the nation. This year, he’s inviting SummerFest audiences to …

REVIEW: BBC Concert Orchestra energizes Elgar

UT San Diego By James Chute February 15, 2013 You couldn’t help but wonder, especially after uneventful performances of Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” from “Peter Grimes” and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor (with soloist Sophie Shao), what was so special about the BBC Concert Orchestra? It’s a capable …

Lockhart intent on bringing planet classical down to earth

UT San Diego By James Chute February 9, 2013 There are few conductors more American than Keith Lockhart. He’s American-born, American-educated and the music director of what’s often called “America’s Orchestra,” the Boston Pops. So what’s Lockhart doing conducting a quintessentially British program of Britten’s …

PREVIEW: Joffrey Ballet pirouettes into San Diego

UT San Diego By Pat Sherman January 26, 2013 Well into its fifth decade, Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet is staying the course to remain relevant to today’s audiences, offering a provocative mix of modern and classical dance. The company that produced Russia’s first rock ballet, pirouetted to the music of Prince and has produced shows by …

REVIEW: Yefim Bronfman Scores with Prokofiev in La Jolla

San Diego Story By Ken Herman December 15, 2012 An ad campaign some years back cleverly proclaimed “You don’t have to be Jewish to like Levi’s Jewish Rye Bread.” You certainly don’t have to be Russian to play the music of Sergei Prokofiev, but after hearing Yefim Bronfman’s commanding, exuberant performance of Prokofiev’s …

REVIEW: Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonia powerful and perplexing

UT San Diego By James Chute November 16, 2012 Whether it was Emerson, some Zen master or a self-help guru who said it, you’ve undoubtedly heard it before: what’s important is the journey and not the destination. But in conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 Thursday at Copley …
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