With the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera Chorus arrayed across the stage of the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall performing Leonard Bernstein’s majestic anthem “Make Our Garden Grow” from his opera Candide, the symbolism was unmistakable–our opera company not only survived but celebrated its 50th anniversary season with a grand gala concert . . .
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San Diego State University’s resident Hausmann Quartet offered a programming formula at Sunday’s (April 12) concert that I wish other string quartets would readily adopt: an equal division of brand new compositions and a familiar staple of the repertory . . .
Exceeding the high expectations of Friday’s (April 10) bustling, capacity audience at La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium, 24-year-old Russian piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov soared with a brilliant recital of Bach, Beethoven and Franz Liszt . . .
At Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan, that venue’s bold, brash current art installation is titled “Sight and Sounds.” Thursday’s Fresh Sound presentation of the percussion duo On Structure at Bread and Salt might have been easily titled “Sight, Sounds and Silence” . . .
Although the popularity of Jean Sibelius’ symphonies has fluctuated wildly over the last century, he is clearly back in vogue, amply demonstrated by the London Symphony’s astute, compelling performance of his Second Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas Sunday (March 29) at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego . . .
The San Diego Symphony under the baton of guest conductor Pinchas Zukerman gave a powerful account Friday (March 27) of Dmitri Shostakovich’s monumental Tenth Symphony, which the controversial Soviet composer dared not write until the dictator Joseph Stalin was dead and buried . . .