MEDIA ARCHIVE

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 …

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 …
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