Tony and Grammy Awards winning vocalist Audra McDonald soared in her concert for the La Jolla Music Society Friday (Oct. 25) at the Balboa Theatre downtown. Her authority as an interpreter of musical theatre and her ability to captivate her audience were never in doubt as she explored the paths less taken in American stage music.
Musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble brought their infectious musicianship to La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium Sunday (Oct. 20), spreading their gospel of global harmony through virtuoso collaboration. The traditions and instruments of Japan, China, Persia, India, Spain and the British Isles intermingled with fascinating and sometimes astounding results.
Art of Élan, that plucky chamber music series run by Kate Hatmaker and Demarre McGill, opened its fall season at the San Diego Museum of Art on Tuesday (Oct. 15) with Felix Mendelssohn’s Second String Quartet in A Minor and selections from Elvis Costello’s “The Juliet Letters,” the British rock star’s 1993 opus for string quartet and vocalist.
The San Diego Symphony’s Jacobs Masterworks concert of Oct. 11, 2013, offered works by American composers Leonard Bernstein, John Harbison, and George Gershwin, pieces that will complement the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto with soloist Augustin Hadelich on the orchestra’s upcoming trip to China.
Looking ahead to the San Diego Symphony’s much heralded tour to New York City and China, Music Director Jahja Ling opened the 2013-14 season with a sumptuous performance of Samuel Barber’s much-loved Violin Concerto, Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, and the premiere of a commissioned work by David Bruce, “Night Parade.”
Ruben Valenzuela and his plucky BachCollegium San Diego opened their fall music season Friday (Sept. 27) at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla with an impassioned concert of choral works by J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel. Choosing the year 1707 as his focal point, Valenzuela offered two impressive works composed in that year by the young Handel and Bach for their respective patrons.