Art of Élan offered Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s clever 2011 “Entracte” for string quartet and a raft of mellifluous French chamber music to their Tuesday (November 25) program at the San Diego Museum of Art . . .
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In his ten years at the helm of the San Diego Symphony, maestro Jahja Ling has been a Mahler proponent, and on Saturday (November 22) at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Hall, Ling offered Mahler’s mighty Symphony No. 7 in E Minor. . .
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 . . .
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. . .