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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 …

PREVIEW: Branford Marsalis – What Can’t He Do?

UT San Diego By George Varga August 5, 2012 Saxophone star Branford Marsalis is not the first jazz artist who will perform a classical music repertoire at SummerFest in La Jolla, but he is by far the most celebrated and best known. Credit for this goes to his multiple Grammy Awards in both jazz and pop, his high-profile TV stint in the 1990s as the …

REVIEW: SummerFest opener enlivened by Cho-Liang Lin and Moszkowski

UT San Diego By James Chute August 4, 2012 Friday’s La Jolla Music Society SummerFest opener at Sherwood Auditorium had music director Cho-Liang Lin’s fingerprints all over it. Lin loves nothing more than finding some forgotten masterpiece by an overlooked composer, and the program-opening Suite in G Minor for Two Violins and Piano by Moritz …

REVIEW: SummerFests Romantic Opening

San Diego Story By Ken Herman August 4, 2012 La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2012 opened Friday (August 3) with a sumptuous, if slightly exhausting, Romantic music marathon. Wearing his heart on both sleeves-a metaphorical if not a literal possibility-festival Music Director Cho-Liang Lin programmed a nonstop effusion of gorgeous melodies …

SummerFest Unstuffed – Refusing to Stick to the Tried-and-True

UT San Diego By James Chute July 25, 2012 First of all, forget everything you know, or think you know, about classical music. At SummerFest, there won’t be a tuxedo in sight, the musicians will range in age from teenagers to seniors (you may think you’re at a family reunion), the atmosphere is intimate, and the music, well, that’s …
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