When the month of December rolls around, I am eager for almost any program that is NOT “Messiah,” “Nutcracker” or Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” So when the San Diego chamber music collective Camarada announced they were playing an all-Vivaldi program without a single movement from “The Four Seasons” I was eager to hear it . . .
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During Jahja Ling’s tenure as San Diego Symphony Music Director, we have come to expect a major choral work in December such as Handel’s “Messiah” and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Happily, the maestro ignored that stale tradition and with the San Diego Master Chorale offered Haydn’s magnificent “Mass in Time of War,” also known by its German name “Paukenmesse” . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .