Gemma New’s impressive debut on the podium of the San Diego Symphony Saturday, May 18, in Copley Symphony Hall made the over programmed Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony sound fresh and engaging, and Michael Barenboim opened us up to the pleasures of Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A Minor.
“One Amazing Night,” the San Diego Opera program featuring tenor Stephen Costello, baritone Stephen Powell, and members of the San Diego Symphony, offered a pleasant potpourri of arias, three flashy duets, and a few orchestral interludes Wednesday, May 15, at the Balboa Theatre.
Questioning the protocol of concert attendance is rarely undertaken, but Kate Hatmaker, Artistic and Executive Director of Art of Élan, made a brave suggestion before the group’s concert Tuesday, May 7, at the San Diego Museum of Art. She asked the audience not to applaud after each of the seven works on the evening’s program. The result proved astounding.
Much to the delight of audiences at Copley Symphony Hall this weekend, the San Diego Symphony under Jahja Ling presented concert organist Chelsea Chen in the Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Timpani and String as well as the Saint-Saëns Third “Organ” Symphony.
The Bach Collegium San Diego, San Diego’s estimable early music ensemble, presented a thrilling concert version of the music Purcell wrote for his 1691 semi-opera “King Arthur” on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Point Loma’s All Souls’ Episcopal Church.
Thursday, May 2, at the La Jolla Athenaeum, San Diego New Music presented a highly engaging program of contemporary chamber works that featured the voice, sagely curated and elegantly sung by soprano Susan Narucki.