For the first time, SummerFest gave a concert in the intimate venue of The Loft at UC San Diego. This smart program of modernist chamber music performed by musicians in casual attire proved a resounding success Friday, Aug. 9. The only possible criticism would be the question, “Why didn’t someone think of trying this sooner?”
Many music-lovers deem Johann Sebastian Bach’s music to be the wellspring of the great catalogue of western music that is performed and enjoyed today. Although such an assertion can be the start of a lively debate, SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin put himself firmly in
Seamless technique and golden tone are the hallmarks of mandolinist John Reischman, who returned to San Diego Saturday night, along with his captivating band The Jaybirds. As the crow flies, it’s about 1,132 miles from San Diego to British Columbia, where Reischman and most of the band are based. That sort of explains why they haven’t played here since 2006. But given the exquisite yet understated performance, their many fine recordings, and the wildly growing popularity of bluegrass and similar strains, I cannot understand why they did not fill the little church venue in Normal Heights.
Even a long-running festival as successful as La Jolla SummerFest can use the occasional makeover. Embarking on its 28th season Friday (August 2) at Sherwood Auditorium, SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin kept
Igor Stravinsky dismissed his fellow composer Maurice Ravel as “the most perfect of Swiss clockmakers,” but pianist Gustavo Romero’s supple—sometimes ravishing—account of Ravel solo piano works in his recital easily dispelled that dismissive description.
Like cheering at a St. Patrick’s Day parade or taking in fireworks and dragon dances at the lunar New Year, celebrating Bastille Day can seem downright patriotic in multicultural Southern California. A cadre of local musicians under the umbrella of Bodhi Tree Concerts put together an entertaining Bastille Day Cabaret Sunday (July 14) at La […]