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.
After a significant absence from Art of Élan’s stage, the organization’s co-founder flutist Demarre McGill returned with some of the region’s finest chamber players for a concert that started with G. P. Telemann and ended with David Bruces’s 2011 octet “Steampunk.”
Grand opera is a term used to classify a style of opera that flourished in 19th-century Paris, but you don’t have to be a musicologist to know that everything about Guiseppe Verdi’s Aida is calculated on a grand scale. The Pharaoh’s resplendent palace, imposing military parades, pagan temples bustling with…
Anton Webern, the Austrian composer who took the 12-tone method of his teacher Arnold Schoenberg to dazzling heights, met a sad and untimely end. Although he survived World War II as a civilian, a few months after the Nazi surrender he was…
If you have ever observed the brass section of a typical North American symphony orchestra, you know that the trumpet, trombone and tuba enclave is decidely male-dominated. My own professional experience with trumpet players has reinforced their gentlemanly macho profile. English trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom, who performed with the Scottish Ensemble Saturday (April 6) at […]