A portion of Joseph Waters’ opera “El Colibrí Mágico” (“The Magic Hummingbird—A California Story”) was given a semi-staged performance at Sunday’s, April 28, 2019, NWEAMO 2019 concert in San Diego State University’s Smith Recital Hall.
Even if you were not a fan of the music of Jean Sibelius, it would have been difficult to resist the San Diego Symphony’s majestic and impassioned accounts of two of his greatest works, “Finlandia” and the First Symphony, Saturday at the Jacobs Music Center, under the baton of guest conductor David Danzmayr.
“Expect the unexpected” could easily be the slogan of Joseph Waters’ annual NWEAMO Festival. Friday’s opening concert of the 2019 festival presented ensemble PHASE, a quintet of Korean musicians performing on traditional Korean instruments that filled San Diego State University’s Smith Recital Hall with bright, piquant, exotic sounds and modalities.
In a well-received duo recital, on Thursday, April 25, violinist Gil Shaham and his stellar musical compatriot pianist Akira Eguchi made their inaugural appearance in the La Jolla Music Society’s spectacular new Baker-Baum Concert Hall.
Tuesday, April 16, Art of Élan presented the New York City-based Brooklyn Rider ensemble with guest clarinetist Kinan Azmeh at the recently opened Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center’s JAI performance space in downtown La Jolla.