Ruben Valenzuela’s early music ensemble Bach Collegium San Diego offered three of J. S. Bach’s major orchestral suites on programs this past weekend under the skilled direction of Nicholas Kraemer . . .
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Pianist András Schiff stopped by La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium Friday (Feb. 20) evening to amuse and enlighten his loyal San Diego followers with a traditional program of sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. . .
Beethoven dismissed the theme of Mozart’s Don Giovanni as too frivolous for consideration, but philosophers and theologians have treated the opera as a treasure close to Divine revelation. San Diego Opera’s stunning production of “Don Giovanni” at Civic Theatre not only made an air-tight case for the opera’s dramatic potency, but offered a roster of accomplished singers who gave Mozart his due and then some . . .
The program headlined the Rotterdam Philharmonic, but I daresay most of the La Jolla Music Society’s audience Friday at Copley Symphony Hall came to see the exuberant French-Canadian conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin . . .