San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival 2013 inaugurated its newest series, “Evolution: Celebrating Innovation,” with a program of chamber music from Mexico played in the stylish Abbey on Fifth Ave. in San Diego’s trendy Park West.
Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell brought prodigious technique and welcome musical insight to Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in a spellbinding performance with the San Diego Symphony under Music Director Jahja Ling Friday . . . .
San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season by inaugurating new series and expanding the concept of what a music festival can do. At La Jolla’s TSRI Auditorium, the festival presented a pair of stimulating lectures in its new Mozart and the Mind series and offered a stirring concert by the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
In 2005, the young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz surprised the world and thrilled his fellow countrymen by winning the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the first Pole to take top honors at the Chopin Competition in 30 years. Blechacz made his impressive San Diego debut Friday (May 10, 2013) with a program devoted to the Polish composers Chopin and Szymanowski, as well as works by J.S. Bach and Beethoven.
We know the end of the San Diego Symphony season is near when Music Director Jajha Ling brings out the Russian Romantic warhorses. This weekend’s program offered Tchaikovsky’s heart-on-the-sleeve Fourth Symphony and Olga Kern as the winning soloist in Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto.