Gil Shaham’s Friday (Feb. 27) program, devoted exclusively to the unaccompanied violin works of J. S. Bach, created a virtual cathedral of sound in La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium . . .
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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 . . .
Stage Director Nicholas Muni has an unconventional take on San Diego Opera’s upcoming “Don Giovanni” production: “Don Giovanni can easily become a one-joke piece: sex. But it’s not about sex, in my view. Sex is just the hook.”
Richard Strauss on life and death matters was San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling’s theme in three concerts (Feb. 6-8) at Copley Symphony Hall will soprano Nicole Cabell . . .