San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
August 24, 2013
Bringing in Kent Nagano to conduct last season’s SummerFest grand finale chamber orchestra concert was a smashing success that festival Music Director Cho-Liang Lin thought he could get lightning to strike again in the same place by signing up James Conlon, another star conductor, for the 2013 SummerFest finale.
Conlon, who is Music Director of both the Los Angeles Opera and Chicago’s summer long Ravinia Festival, was able to shoehorn La Jolla into his busy conducting schedule, but no one had counted on the unexpected surgery that took the maestro off the podium for the month of August. On short notice the La Jolla Music Society drafted the estimable English conductor Raymond Leppard to fill in for Conlon.