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REVIEW: Ma’s quiet moments speak loudest

UT San Diego
By James Chute
March 13, 2014

La Jolla Music Society president and artistic director Christopher Beach introduced Yo-Yo Ma to a sold-out audience at Jacobs Music Center Wednesday as “the world’s greatest cellist,” but Beach may have been understating Ma’s fame.

It’s hard to think of any classical musician who has Ma’s mass appeal, achieved through countless appearances on TV shows (whether the “Colbert Report” or “Sesame Street”) and dozens of recordings showcasing a repertoire ranging from bluegrass to the classics, but also commands the highest regard from the world’s most discriminating musicians.

You could say he is the world’s greatest classical musician.
 

 

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REVIEW: Ma’s quiet moments speak loudest2014-04-14T16:35:26-07:00

Roster set for SummerFest 2014

UT San Diego
By James Chute
March 8, 2014

During his 14th season as music director of SummerFest, Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin has had a singular mission: “The goal of every summer remains largely unchanged since Day One,” said Lin in an email. “I want to bring to the audience great and worthy works played by great musicians.”

The just-announced 2014 season should succeed on both counts. The repertoire is wide ranging, from Haydn (this year’s featured composer) to world premieres by Howard Shore and Sérgio Assad.

It will comprise 15 concerts, including performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, St. James by-the-Sea and the Auditorium at TSRI. It will introduce audiences to two accomplished “fellowship artist” ensembles, the Pegasus Trio and the Omer Quartet, in addition to appearances by musicians of the stature of pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell.
 

 

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Roster set for SummerFest 20142014-04-14T16:59:23-07:00

Marsalis on global musical mission

UT San Diego
By George Varga
March 8, 2014

Wynton Marsalis is very familiar with the man who may well be one of his most consistent critics. His name is … Wynton Marsalis.

“I hold myself to a standard, and I fall short of it,” said the New Orleans-bred trumpet star, band leader and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. He performs a sold-out show March 15 at Balboa Theatre with his acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which is appearing here under the auspices of the La Jolla Music Society. “

At a concert last weekend, I messed up a part,” Marsalis, 52, elaborated. “I told myself: ‘Remember, this is a ragtime rhythm,’ and I messed up. We have a code in this band that the intention is (equivalent to) the amount of work you put into it. We’re human beings, so I’m a harsh critic. But I’m not going to go crazy. I’m a veteran. I’m not trying to prove I can be out here; I’m trying to prove my intention is always pure and that I can give all that I can. And I’ll let my commitment speak for itself.
 

 

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Marsalis on global musical mission2014-04-14T16:33:28-07:00