Sometimes the designation “competition winner” is a scarlet letter, a mark denoting that soulless technical wizardry capable of impressing judges, but Vadym Kholodenko, first prize winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, demonstrated probing emotional depth and daring individuality in his stunning account of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto Sunday . . .
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Less than a year ago I had the opportunity to hear the outstanding male vocal quartet New York Polyphony perform a stimulating, eclectic program at the La Jolla Athenaeum. Friday (October 3) the ensemble returned to La Jolla for a concert of Spanish Renaissance music . . .
I can recall a time when J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and a few oratorios by G. F. Handel were all a classical music aficionado needed to know about “early music,” but Ruben Valenzuela’s Bach Collegium San Diego brings international standards of today’s period music performance to San Diego. Their most recent outing was a celebration of German Baroque choral music of J.S. Bach and his Leipzig predecessors . . .
I can hear exasperated voices complaining, “Not another Messiah performance!” And still others asking, “Why do it in the spring, when Christmas is so far away?” This weekend, BachCollegium San Diego under the direction of Ruben Valenzuela delivered a stunning account of G. F. Handel’s seemingly inescapable oratorio in three locations around the County. I […]
Like Bill Cosby’s 1980s sit-com Huxtable family, mariachi music in San Diego is “movin’ on up.” Saturday (March 16) at Civic Theatre, San Diego Opera mounted its production of the first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, by the director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, José Pepe Martínez. Using the idiom and instrumentation of […]