Guest conductor Edo de Waart’s delightful San Diego Symphony program balanced a tip of the hat to the Bernstein centennial—his evergreen “Candide” Overture—with Francis Poulenc’s show-stopping Concerto for Two Pianos featuring the effusive Naughton sisters and Johannes Brahms’ profound Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
Sunday’s chilly, May gray afternoon provided appropriate weather in which to consider Franz Schubert’s and poet Wilhelm Müller’s wintry song cycle “Die Winterreise,” with its morbid musings over a lonely midwinter trek. Baritone Michael Sokol and pianist Nicolas Reveles did the honors in the downtown San Diego Public Library’s Neil Morgan Auditorium,
Sacra/Profana’s Associate Artistic Director Juan Carlos Acosta anchored the choral ensemble’s excellent program (given on May 19 & 20) with Canadian composer Larry Nickel’s secular cantata “When I Think of Bridges,” a U.S. premiere of the challenging 2007 work.
Art of Élan completed its adventurous season at the San Diego Museum of Art Tuesday (May 15) with a spectacularly eclectic program of music by younger contemporary composers, including American Sarah Kirkland Snider and Argentine Andrés Martin who were in the audience . . .
The San Diego Symphony elevated its current Leonard Bernstein retrospective on Saturday, May 12, 2018, with a stirring, trenchant account of his 1942 “Jeremiah” Symphony under the assured baton of Conductor Laureate Jahja Ling.
Ruben Valenzuela and his Bach Collegium San Diego presented a wide-ranging concert devoted exclusively to the music of Henry Purcell on Friday, May 11, 2018, at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma.