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“Father of the String Quartet” Haydn gets top billing at SummerFest 2014

La Jolla Light
By David Coddon
July 17, 2014

Not only the brilliance but the gentle spirit of Franz Joseph Haydn will be omnipresent at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2014, which opens July 30 and for which Haydn is this year’s festival’s featured composer.

“He (Haydn) was an incredibly nice person. Like Dvorak and Mendelssohn, Haydn was one of those beautiful human beings who everybody loved,” said SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin, whose festival program will feature “all sorts of facets of Haydn’s music.” SummerFest will run through Aug. 22 and include 15 concerts, most but not at all at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium.




“Father of the String Quartet” Haydn gets top billing at SummerFest 20142014-07-17T11:06:44-07:00

La Jolla Music Society to build center

UT San Diego
By James Chute
June 1, 2014

The La Jolla Music Society, after nearly a half-century as a tenant of other San Diego cultural institutions, is planning to build its own state-of-the-art, $40 million performing arts center.

The primary presenter of visiting classical music artists and orchestras in San Diego, the Music Society closed escrow Friday on a parcel of land at 7600 Fay Ave. in La Jolla, between Pearl Avenue and Kline Street. The price was undisclosed.

Pending the completion of a $50 million fundraising drive — including $10 million for an endowment — and the selection of an architect, construction on the complex could begin next year, with completion projected for October 2017.




La Jolla Music Society to build center2014-07-15T15:02:58-07:00

La Jolla Music Society sets 2014-15 season

UT San Diego
By James Chute
May 12, 2014

With all the discussion about the San Diego Opera’s past refusal to move away from the grand opera model — and whether that should be considered a sign of artistic integrity or a symptom of creative stagnation, a lack of imagination and elitist leadership — let’s take a break from the opera and consider another model: the La Jolla Music Society.

It just announced a wide-ranging, well-balanced 2014-15 season that includes both the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin (the wildly acclaimed new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.




La Jolla Music Society sets 2014-15 season2014-05-27T12:25:07-07:00

REVIEW: ‘Creation’ comes to life at Balboa

UT San Diego
By James Chute
April 4, 2014

Something wonderful happened at Friday’s La Jolla Music Society concert at the Balboa Theatre: an opera broke out.

In fact, it was an oratorio, Haydn’s “The Creation,” stylishly performed by British conductor Jane Glover and the Chicago-based Music of the Baroque.

But “The Creation,” which may be the greatest story ever told, starting with “In the beginning” and wrapping up two-and-a-half hours later with Adam and Eve in a state of bliss, out operas many operas.

Of course we know the ending (the fall is only briefly hinted at, as Haydn keeps everything consistently upbeat), but especially with the stellar solo trio of soprano Elizabeth Futral, tenor Nicholas Phan and bass-baritone Christopheren Nomura, there was plenty of subtle drama as all three singers were unusually attentive to the nuances of the text.



REVIEW: ‘Creation’ comes to life at Balboa2014-04-14T16:58:51-07:00

REVIEW: Glover, Music of the Baroque soar in Haydn’s “Creation”

Chicago Classic Review
By Lawrence A. Johnson
April 1, 2014

Jane Glover is one of those conductors who is often at her best in large and ambitious choral works, where the extra resources seem to spark an extra bit of verve and dedication.

So it proved again Monday night at the Harris Theater where she led Music of the Baroque in Haydn’s The Creation.

Haydn’s two oratorios, The Seasons and The Creation, are his masterpieces, both composed late in life and offering a showcase for his distinctive qualities: the melodic richness, fugal mastery, spiritual depth, imaginative—even audacious—scoring, and a buoyant optimistic spirit that makes the music irresistible.



REVIEW: Glover, Music of the Baroque soar in Haydn’s “Creation”2014-04-14T16:53:07-07:00

REVIEW: Beethoven and Schubert: Fire and Ice

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
March 30, 2014

Franz Schubert once claimed that the genius of Beethoven was generated by “superb coolness under the fire of creative fantasy.” In her long overdue San Diego debut, pianist Mitsuko Uchida offered probing accounts of Schubert and Beethoven to an appreciative full house at La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium.

Schubert’s phrase might equally describe her account of the two seminal works of the First Viennese School she chose for Friday’s (March 28) recital, Schubert’s Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894, and Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations,” Op. 120. Unlike the recent crop of piano superstars whose flamboyant body language forms an integral part of their calling cards, Uchida’s serenity at the keyboard assured her audience that fire and creative fantasy was contained only in the music itself.



REVIEW: Beethoven and Schubert: Fire and Ice2014-04-14T16:48:57-07:00

REVIEW: Uchida makes long-awaited debut

UT San Diego
By James Chute
March 28, 2014

There’s no denying that this was an occasion.

The celebrated pianist Mitsuko Uchida had never performed in San Diego, and here she was, at age 65, at last, thanks to the La Jolla Music Society.

In case you are wondering about the company the Music Society is keeping, Uchida only played two West Coast recitals: last Tuesday at Berkley and Friday for a capacity audience at MCASD’s Sherwood Auditorium.

Prior to Berkley, she played a series of concerts with the Chicago Symphony, and after San Diego, she’s scheduled to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra.

After that, she goes to Carnegie Hall, where she’ll play the same program she performed at Berkley and in San Diego: Schubert’s Piano Sonata in G Major (D. 894) and Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations.



REVIEW: Uchida makes long-awaited debut2014-04-14T16:45:41-07:00

Music Society offers sound concert

UT San Diego
By James Chute
March 23, 2014

Just as every individual has a distinct speaking voice, every musician has a distinct sound on his instrument.

We may think that a violin sounds like a violin, but in fact, as the members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center demonstrated Saturday in the third of a series of four concerts presented by the La Jolla Music Society at Sherwood Auditorium, a violin can sound like Ani Kavafian or it can sound like Arnaud Sussmann.

How does that sound reflect a musician’s personality? Does it change, like a singers voice changes, as an instrumentalist ages?

And are there regional aspects as well? Is there unconsciously a New York sound, that is just a little more aggressive, a bit more biting, than you’d find in a West Coast musician?

Saturday’s strong program of Mozart, Sebastian Currier, Villa-Lobos, and Joan Tower by members of the most prominent chamber music organization in the U.S. provided something of a case study.



Music Society offers sound concert2014-04-14T16:41:35-07:00

PREVIEW: LJMS brings Glover to San Diego for Haydn’s masterwork

UT San Diego
By James Chute
March 22, 2014

Jane Glover may be an Oxford graduate, but she was having a hard time remembering a few lines from a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

“What is that wonderful quote from Tennyson?” asked the distinguished British conductor and scholar.

“It’s from ‘Ulysses.?”

She paused for a moment, and then she remembered: “I am a part of all that I have met; yet all experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untraveled world, whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.”

Glover, who conducts Haydn’s monumental “The Creation” at the Balboa Theatre on April 4, was responding to a question about how the different aspects of her musical life inform one another.



PREVIEW: LJMS brings Glover to San Diego for Haydn’s masterwork2014-04-14T16:43:17-07:00

REVIEW: Yo-Yo Ma Packs Copley Symphony Hall

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
March 14, 2014

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is not simply a virtuoso cellist—he is a celebrity equally at home performing concertos with major orchestras as he is appearing on television or recording sound tracks for blockbuster films. His Silk Road project, a celebrated intercultural musical mission that integrates classical and popular music from eastern and western cultures, has produced a shelf of groundbreaking recordings.

From his own 75 recordings, he has won 15 Grammy Awards, and has been awarded the National Medal of Arts (2001), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011), and the Kennedy Center Honors (2012).



REVIEW: Yo-Yo Ma Packs Copley Symphony Hall2014-04-14T16:38:14-07:00