From the frightening medieval “Dies Irae” chant to Mozart’s solemn “Requiem” to Elton John’s wistful “Candle in the Wind,” the music of western culture has played a key role interpreting death and loss. Art of Élan took up this challenging topic on Tuesday (Feb. 25) in a concert of striking new compositions . . .
Acclaimed French organist Christophe Mantoux returned to the recital series at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma on Sunday (Feb. 16) to play a recital devoted to the music of J. S. Bach. Touching on almost every important Baroque genre that Bach championed . . .
Within the San Diego arts community, participation in Pacific Rim culture is at most only intermittently experienced. But at Saturday’s (Feb. 8) San Diego Symphony concert, a performance of Zhao Jiping’s Second Pipa Concerto featuring the internationally known pipa virtuosa Wu Man sent a clear signal that San Diego claims its Asian connection.
Milwaukee’s recent brazen Stradivarius violin heist—and subsequent recovery—has garnered a good deal of media attention, including a front-page story in the New York Times of Feb. 7, 2014. That same evening, another storied Stradivarius with an equally crime-tinged history made an appearance at downtown San Diego’s Balboa Theatre played by Joshua Bell in his performance with pianist Sam Haywood.
Four young Scandinavian musicians, the Danish String Quartet, dazzled UC San Diego’s ArtPower audience with their Friday (Jan. 31) concert of Debussy, Mendelssohn and Abrahamsen at the university’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.