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ARTICLE: SummerFest music director Cho-Liang ‘Jimmy’ Lin will bow out with poise and panache

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
June 10, 2018

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest music director Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin vows to pull out all the stops in August when he concludes his final season as the heart and soul of the La Jolla Music Society’s acclaimed chamber-music celebration.

“I’m kind of ditching the musical parameters I usually have,” said Lin, who has expertly guided SummerFest as its music director for the past 18 years.

“I thought: ‘OK, I’ll just do whatever I want.’ And, hopefully, the audience will walk away happy. Even if they’re not happy, they’ll be rid of me!”

Lin, one of the classical-music world’s most acclaimed violinists since the 1980s, laughed heartily.

“I’m being facetious, of course,” he hastened to add. “I want the audience to be pleased and satisfied every year.”

That’s a goal Lin has handily achieved since becoming SummerFest’s music director in late 2000. He assumed that role 16 years after making his audacious 1985 San Diego concert debut at a La Jolla Music Society-produced concert in Balboa Park…


ARTICLE: SummerFest music director Cho-Liang ‘Jimmy’ Lin will bow out with poise and panache2018-06-11T13:26:03-07:00

REVIEW: Schubert’s ‘Pinnacle of Chamber Music’ at La Jolla Music Society

Times of San Diego
Barry Jagoda
May 23, 2018

Inon Barnatan, music director-designate of La Jolla Music Society’s world renowned SummerFest, has curated another wonderful concert program, the third in a series entitled “Schubert’s Swan Song.”

Barnatan was pianist for half of the concert on May 19, and the large audience at Qualcomm Hall was thrilled, delivering a standing ovation for his rendition of the brilliant Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor. This was immediately followed by an even more arousing, glorious violin-piano duet, in which Barnatan was joined by the passionate, award-winning young violinist Benjamin Beilman for Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major.

But perhaps the evening’s highlight, after an intermission, was Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, for which Barnatan brought together the world-class Dover Quartet, and joined them with Carter Brey, in from his day job as principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic…


REVIEW: Schubert’s ‘Pinnacle of Chamber Music’ at La Jolla Music Society2018-06-11T13:25:31-07:00