“Expect the unexpected” could easily be the slogan of Joseph Waters’ annual NWEAMO Festival. Friday’s opening concert of the 2019 festival presented ensemble PHASE, a quintet of Korean musicians performing on traditional Korean instruments that filled San Diego State University’s Smith Recital Hall with bright, piquant, exotic sounds and modalities.
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In a well-received duo recital, on Thursday, April 25, violinist Gil Shaham and his stellar musical compatriot pianist Akira Eguchi made their inaugural appearance in the La Jolla Music Society’s spectacular new Baker-Baum Concert Hall.
Tuesday, April 16, Art of Élan presented the New York City-based Brooklyn Rider ensemble with guest clarinetist Kinan Azmeh at the recently opened Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center’s JAI performance space in downtown La Jolla.
In addition to the Hausmann Quartet’s multi-year traversal of all the Joseph Haydn string quartets, the intrepid San Diego ensemble has annually presented during the season prior to Easter the composer’s string quartet version of his profound orchestral work “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” This year, Hausmann gave their concert Sunday, April 14, in the Luce Loft down in San Diego’s East Village.
Either by chance or some mysterious plan, world-class violinists have decided to zero in on San Diego this April. Last week, Midori played a recital at The Conrad in La Jolla, and next week, Gil Shaham will flex his musical muscles at The Conrad. Sunday, Joshua Bell returned to the Jacobs Music Center in downtown San Diego to play Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with the San Diego Symphony under its Laureate Director, Jahja Ling.