Because foreign orchestras from our own hemisphere are rarely heard in San Diego, Friday’s (March 13) concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Méxio at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall brought a welcome change of repertory . . .
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When the American baritone Franco Pomponi was invited to sing the lead role in John Adams’ opera ‘Nixon in China’ at one of the major Paris opera companies, he was ready to refuse. Fortunately he changed his mind, learned the role, and will now bring it to San Diego Opera’s upcoming production of the celebrated that opera where West meets East in high Minimalist style . . .
Mainly Mozart teamed the powerhouse pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and equally assertive violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the rambunctious Miami String Quartet to produce a virtual tsunami of sound at La Jolla’s Auditorium at TSRI.
Over its eventful seven years, the music series Art of Élan has cultivated a strong relationship with its primary host, the San Diego Museum of Art. Drawing inspiration from the 17th-century painting “St. Francis at Prayer in a Grotto” by Francisco de Zurbarán—the museum’s much celebrated new acquisition—the series’ Tuesday (March 3) program was built on the theme of “Prayers and Songs.”
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 . . .