On Tuesday (January 31) , Art of Élan premiered Ljova’s Clarinet Quintet in their concert at the San Diego Museum of Art, a program that included works by the contemporary Missy Mazzoli and British 20th-century composer Arnold Bax . . .
As a coda to its month-long festival of American music, the San Diego Symphony offered an engaging Charles Ives tribute on January 28 that included a performance of his Second Symphony and a multimedia dramatic presentation about Ives created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra . . .
The young American conductor James Gaffigan led the San Diego Symphony in a delicious, eclectic program Friday (January 27), featuring Samuel Barber’s turbulent neo-Romantic First Symphony, Steven Stuckey’s radiant 2008 “Rhapsodies,” and Morton Gould’s euphoric “Tap Dance Concerto” . . .
The PKF-Prague Philharmonic brought its traditional all-Czech program to the Jacobs Music Center Wednesday (January 25), showing off its muscular, propulsive style and mellow Central European sound . . .
The Hausmann Quartet opened its second season of string quartet concerts–the Haydn Voyages–on January 22 on the Berkeley ferryboat in San Diego Harbor . . .
Friday’s (January 20) exciting San Diego Symphony concert titled LA/NY offered major works by Aaron Copland and John Adams on similar noir themes . . .