San Diego Symphony Associate Conductor Sameer Patel led a majestic, sonically luxurious account of the Jean Sibelius Fifth Symphony and introduced with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the orchestra a new violin concerto by Adam Schoenberg.
San Diego Symphony’s ‘Beyond the Score’ Program on Rachmaninoff Prepares Audience for Music History Exam at Next Symphony Concert
Just as Robert Indiana’s familiar 1970 Love Sculpture became an apt symbol of the 1970s, the Swiss artist Arnold Böklin’s evocative painting “The Isle of the Dead” from 1880 captured the darker, mystical imaginings of fin de siècle Europe. Sergei Rachmaninoff turned Böklin’s painting into a dark tone poem, which he also titled “The Isle of the Dead” . . .
After the San Diego Symphony rose to such great heights performing exciting, compelling new works in the recently completed “It’s About Time” festival, Pinchas Zukerman’s uninspired evening of standard repertory proved a crashing letdown . . .
Art of Élan’s January 30 concert at Balboa Park’s San Diego Art Institute offered an entire program of new compositions: fresh, engaging, and thought-provoking works, including Lei Liang’s impressive “Petal by Petal, Leaf by Leaf” a trio for flute, viola, and harp.
San Diego maestro Ruben Valenzuela, known for leading rigorous period performances of Bach and Handel, has launched a several month festival to perform the sacred compositions of the early 20th-century Anglo-Canadian composer Healey Willan with equal concern for period practice and context . . .
Although a few events remain in San Diego’s “It’s About Time” music festival, Festival Curator Steven Schick pulled out all the stops for his last festival appearance conducting the San Diego Symphony Sunday, January 28, at the Jacobs Music Center . . .