Under the direction of its Music Director Shao-Chia Lü, the Taiwan Philharmonic played a concert at the Jacobs Music Center Wednesday (October 31) midway through its tour of the North American west coast.
Under the direction of John K. Russell, the San Diego Master Chorale’s fine performances of Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” concluded with the October 28, 2018, concert at the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego in downtown San Diego.
San Diego composer Lei Liang has turned the eccentric heiress Sarah Winchester and her strange obsessions into a one-act chamber opera, titled “Inheritance,” which received its premiere last week in the Experimental Theatre at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Music Center.
Mariinsky Orchestra Combines with the San Diego Symphony in Triumphant Seventh Symphony by Shostakovich
Wednesday’s concert at the Jacobs Music Center paired St. Petersburg’s noted Mariinsky Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony under the baton of Valery Gergiev performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s demanding Seventh Symphony, “Lenningrad.” Gergiev and his astute musicians brought unusual illumination to this vast Shostakovich score, and the combined artistry of these orchestras elevated the Seventh Symphony to unexpected heights.
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, one of the most popular operas in the standard repertoire, seems like a natural to open San Diego Opera’s 2018-19 season. And, with a well-directed and sung production it proved to be an excellent start to what looks to be a strong season…
Conductor Michael Gerdes and the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra offered the premiere of Joseph Martin Waters’ alto saxophone concerto “Tathata Garden,” written for the work’s virtuoso soloist Todd Rewoldt, on October 13 in the university’s Don Powell Theatre.