Sunday’s November 10, 2019, Hausmann Quartet concert at the Maritime Museum of San Diego continued the ensemble’s traversal of all of the Haydn string quartets. Their program also included Andrew Norman’s “Peculiar Strokes” from 2011 and Igor Stravinsky’s rarely programmed single movement “Concertino” from 1920.
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Garrick Ohlsson returned to The Conrad in downtown La Jolla Friday, November 9, to play another all-Brahms piano recital. With his evident affection for the repertory, his superlative technique, and his insight into what makes Brahms’ piano music distinctive, his recital also turned into a graduate level master class for anyone who plays piano or has ever studied the instrument.
Friday’s San Diego Symphony Concert revealed that the romance between the Symphony and its new Music Director Rafael Payare continues to flourish. And San Diego audiences are responding with a spirited zeal that has taken residence in Copley Symphony Hall only since Payare’s advent.
Cultivating new audiences for classical music is a Holy Grail pursuit for local performing arts organizations as well as for astute individual musicians in the community. Recent experiences around San Diego have opened my eyes to some worthy outreach work that merits attention.
Vox Luminis, the formidable Belgian vocal ensemble, offered an astonishing concert of 17th and 18th-century German Lutheran choral music Sunday at La Jolla’s St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
Sacra/Profana gave the first choral concert of the fall season Friday, October 18, at Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach. Titled “Looking Back,” the program featured American composers who chose to set to music decidedly literary texts.