The San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
April 14, 2019

LA JOLLA — Classical music in San Diego has had a remarkable growth spurt the past few years.

San Diego Opera almost died five years ago, but under David Bennett reshaped itself into a marvelously vibrant company that mounts excellent traditional productions and provocative smaller-scale works.

After acquiring an inspiring young conductor, Rafael Payare, the San Diego Symphony has launched what promises to be its most exciting era.

The La Jolla Music Society has had setbacks recently. Kristin Lancino was president and artistic director for a little more than two years and then mysteriously resigned in January 2018. After a monthslong national search, a successor, Susan Danis, was named, but weeks after accepting her job offer, she rescinded.

But during these front office difficulties, a state-of-the-art structure was built in La Jolla, a venue the likes of which has not been seen locally since the debut of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Last weekend, the $82 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center opened, and on Friday evening, brand new CEO Ted DeDee took the stage of the Baker-Baum Concert Hall for introductory comments before a concert by violinist Midori and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.