For its vivacious stage presence and vibrant tonal palette, the St. Lawrence String Quartet is a popular and regular guest at UC San Diego’s ArtPower! chamber music series. Their Friday (Nov. 7) concert at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall brought cheers and shouts of bravo . . .
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Mention the composer Ottorino Respighi, and most music aficionados will reel off a list of massive orchestral works, especially those throbbing tone poems depicting the city of Rome. But the early 20th-century composer has another more intimate and subtle side: Respighi the chamber music maestro. This was the visage that smiled on Art of Élan’s season-opening program . . .
One of San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling’s laudable traits is affording the virtuoso players within his orchestra opportunities to appear in solo concertos. This Friday Principal Timpanist Ryan DiLisi amazed and pleased the Copley Symphony Hall audience with his solo turn in William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No.1 . . .
Sunday (October 19) at La Mesa’s St. Martin of Tours Church, the recently formed choral group Folklore shared a program with Joseph Martin Waters’ avant-garde ensemble Swarmius, evidence of a new collaborative spirit among San Diego music ensembles and organizations. . .
Sometimes the designation “competition winner” is a scarlet letter, a mark denoting that soulless technical wizardry capable of impressing judges, but Vadym Kholodenko, first prize winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, demonstrated probing emotional depth and daring individuality in his stunning account of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto Sunday . . .
Less than a year ago I had the opportunity to hear the outstanding male vocal quartet New York Polyphony perform a stimulating, eclectic program at the La Jolla Athenaeum. Friday (October 3) the ensemble returned to La Jolla for a concert of Spanish Renaissance music . . .