The young Austrian conductor David Danzmayr brought a fairly conventional program to the San Diego Symphony Thursday (Feb. 23), opening with Waltz King Johann Strauss, Jr.’s signature “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” and closing with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony . . .
San Diego Opera’s robust, rambunctious production of Verdi’s comic opera ‘Falstaff’ pumped up the physical comedy of an opera whose libretto already abounds in outsize humor . . .
There are occasions at Copley Symphony Hall when everything goes right, and this weekend’s concerts with Israeli guest conductor Lahav Shani qualified with ease. The combination of a beautifully designed program with
Lang Lang’s return to the Jacobs Music Center on Sunday (February 5) was greeted with the expected fervid applause even before he and the San Diego Symphony delivered an equally passionate account of Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto . . .
Mainly Mozart patrons enjoyed duo-pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Christopher O’Riley in a rousing recital on Saturday (February 4) at La Jolla’s Auditorium at TSRI . . .
After the San Diego Symphony’s month-long festival of American Music with guest conductors offering a smorgasbord of enticing and exceptional music, Music Director Jahja Ling returned to the podium Friday (February 3) with his predictable trove of standard repertory . . .