The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
May 26, 2017

Summer arts preview: Top 10 classical music picks

SummerFest: “Fiddles vs. Pianos”

The concert launching the La Jolla Music Society’s monthlong music extravaganza is a lighthearted faceoff between string players and pianists. Led by SummerFest music director and violinist Cho-Liang Lin, the musicians will play pieces by a wide variety of composers. The accomplished artists include pianists Michelle and Christina Naughton (who are twins) and Olga Kern, bassist DaXun Zhang and violinist Chee-Yun. 8 p.m. Aug. 4. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $50 to $75. (858) 459-3728 or

SummerFest: Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas

For lovers of piano-violin compositions, the performance of Beethoven’s sonatas should be heavenly.

8 p.m. Aug. 15, Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas I, featuring Cho-Liang Lin and Jon Kimura Parker. 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas II, featuring Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner. 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas IV, featuring Yura Lee and Gilles Vonsattel. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $45 to $65. (858) 459-3728 or

12:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas III, featuring Jennifer Koh and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Free. (858) 459-3728 or

SummerFest: Alisa Weilerstein

Renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join SummerFest for an evening of Bach and Brahms, joined by other acclaimed musicians, including pianist Inon Barnatan and clarinetist Anthony McGill. 8 p.m. Aug. 23. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, $45 to $65. (858) 459-3728 or