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PREVIEW: Gay bullying inspires composer David Del Tredici’s ‘Bullycide’

Los Angeles Times
By Mark Swed
August 15, 2013

You can’t seemingly find a more insider composer than David Del Tredici, whose “Bullycide” was commissioned by La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and will have its premiere Friday night in Sherwood Auditorium of the Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego.

He’s won a Pulitzer Prize and been composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic. He’s on teh faculty of City College of New York and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts adn Letters. He has been, in his music, obsessed with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Paul Revere” has been a subject of interest. He is very good at dazzling audiences.

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PREVIEW: Gay bullying inspires composer David Del Tredici’s ‘Bullycide’ 2014-01-27T11:14:06+00:00

PREVIEW: David Del Tredici is on a mission

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 11, 2013

David Del Tredici, whose most recent work will be premiered Friday at SummerFest, has a list of achievements that have already earned him a place in music history as one of the pioneers in the resurgence of tonality in classical music during the 1980s.

The distinguished, 76-year-old composer has won a Pulitzer Prize, election to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim and Woodrow Wilson fellowships, a Brandeis Creative Arts Award, a Friedheim Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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PREVIEW: David Del Tredici is on a mission 2014-01-27T11:13:42+00:00

REVIEW: SummerFest Chamber Music at The Loft: A Foretaste of Heaven

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
August 10, 2013

SummerFest Live @ The Loft, a concert of modernist chamber music staged in the intimate restaurant/performance space that is The Loft at UC San Diego, proved such a resounding success Friday (Aug. 9) that the only possible criticism would be the question, “Why didn’t someone think of trying this sooner?”

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REVIEW: SummerFest Chamber Music at The Loft: A Foretaste of Heaven 2014-01-27T11:13:18+00:00

REVIEW: SummerFest’s excellent Loft adventure

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 9, 2013

Sometimes, everything works. OK, the food and the service at UC San Diego’s The Loft were spotty. So maybe not everything.

But once the music started at SummerFest’s first foray into a club-like atmosphere, the intimate, informal venue proved to be a perfect place to experience chamber music.

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REVIEW: SummerFest’s excellent Loft adventure 2014-01-27T11:12:57+00:00

REVIEW: Can you think and hum at the same time?

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 7, 2013

Trust SummerFest music director Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin to have you leave the hall smiling – especially in a program like Wednesday’s “Bach & Beyond,” where he also gives you something to chew on.

Bach Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and strings, with Lin and Joseph Swensen as soloists, was the concert’s happy ending. But there was no getting around Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 3, which anchored the program.

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REVIEW: Can you think and hum at the same time? 2014-01-27T11:12:39+00:00

REVIEW: Music wins in Biss v Beethoven at SummerFest 2013

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 6, 2013

Pianist Jonathan Biss must know he’s doomed every time he performs an all Beethoven program, as he did brilliantly Tuesday in a La Jolla Music Society SummerFest program at Sherwood Auditorium.

Biss does not so much interpret Beethoven as he challenges him. You could say he’s like some upstart chess player taking on a grand master. But a better analogy might be that he’s like a wrestler assailing an implacable, unrelenting opponent. Sometimes it gets a bit messy.

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REVIEW: Music wins in Biss v Beethoven at SummerFest 2013 2014-01-27T11:12:19+00:00

Jonathan Biss speaks through music

UT San Diego
By Shayna Posses
August 3, 2013

Before most people have finished gulping down their second cup of coffee, Jonathan Biss is alarmingly eloquent. His precise words come from a voice strong and clear, even at 8 a.m.

But words matter little to Biss. His language is music.

The son of two professional violinists, he grew up surrounded by song. he debuted at Carnegie Hall before he made his first earthly appearance, sneaking his way onstage quite craftily in the womb of his very pregnant mother as she played a Mozart concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Jonathan Biss speaks through music 2014-01-27T11:10:16+00:00

SummerFest’s energetic opening

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 2, 2013

Nobody took SummerFest music director Cho-Liang Lin up on his offer that they dance in the aisles as the La Jolla Music Society’s annual chamber music festival opened Friday at Sherwood Auditorium. But there was plenty of toe tapping in an energetic concert titled “Let’s Dance.”

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SummerFest’s energetic opening 2014-01-27T11:10:36+00:00

Cho-Liang Lin’s SummerFest Family: Everybody knows “Jimmy”

UT San Diego
By James Chute
July 26, 2013

Not every musician among the nearly 100 who will perform at this year’s La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a friend of music director and violinist Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin, who during a stellar, three-decade-plus career has performed with virtually every major orchestra and chamber music festival in the world. But many of them are, and virtually all have some relationship with him.

“There’s an extra element of friendship going on in chamber music,” Lin said. “It’s more personal. It’s one on one.”

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Cho-Liang Lin’s SummerFest Family: Everybody knows “Jimmy” 2014-01-27T11:09:57+00:00

PREVIEW: Up Close and Personal Lofty Experiment

La Jolla Light
By David L. Coddon
July 12, 2013

Well known for bringing musicians and audiences together in interpersonal environments, SummerFest has a special treat in store for classical music lovers during the 2013 season that begins July 31. Two performances will be held on Aug. 9 at The Loft at UCSD, a casual space that seats about 150 on the second floor of the university’s Price Center East. SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin will emcee and also participate in a program of Bartok, Ives, Debussy, Villa-Lobos and others.

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PREVIEW: Up Close and Personal Lofty Experiment 2014-01-27T11:09:37+00:00