Sameer Patel, Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, led the La Jolla Symphony this past weekend in a stirring program of 20th-century modernists–Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Takemitsu, and Messaien–with a 2016 work by the American composer Hannah Lash.
Lise Lindstrom and Greer Grimsley Easily Exceed the Billing of ‘One Amazing Night’ for San Diego Opera
Let no one claim that San Diego Opera does not know how to have a good time! The Saturday, May 5, concert–“One Amazing Night”–at the Balboa Theatre featured opera stars soprano Lise Lindstrom and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley accompanied the San Diego Symphony in a program that ranged from arias and scenes from grand opera to Viennese operetta and American musical theater.
Under the astute baton of guest conductor Fabien Gabel, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma and the San Diego Symphony gave a rapturous account on Friday, May 4, of Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade,” a violin concerto written for no less a violinist than Isaac Stern in memory of the composer’s early mentor, Boston Symphony Music Director Serge Koussevitsky.
Curated by New West Electro-Acoustic Music Organization founder Joseph Waters, the 2018 NWEAMO Festival’s opening concert on April 27, 2018, offered diverse sonic visions of seven composers working in various ways with computer generated sound.
Returning to the podium of the San Diego Symphony as Laureate Conductor, Jahja Ling presided over one of the more amazing performances of the 2017-18 season with a probing account of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and the young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov’s thrilling San Diego debut in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.
Branching out from its customary programming, Beth Ross Buckley’s enterprising Camarada offered a laid-back concert of jazz-tinged calypso Sunday, April 15, at the Mingei International Museum.