SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin thought he had a coup signing up Los Angeles Opera’s Music Director James Conlon to conduct the 2013 SummerFest finale concert, that is until maestro Conlon bowed out for some emergency surgery. Fortunately, the estimable British conductor Raymond Leppard stepped in on short notice to lead the chamber orchestra in a glowing program of Mozart and Benjamin Britten.
If you laughed at the movie Young Frankenstein that spoofs horror films, you will howl during The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, outdoors under the stars.
La Jolla SummerFest’s Bach and Beyond III program (Wednesday, Aug. 21) drafted a chorus and four vocalists to consider both the trials of love in Brahms’ “Neues Liebeslieder Walzer,” Op. 65, and those of faith in J. S. Bach’s Sacred Cantata No. 99, “Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan.”
Lux Boreal’s collaboration with a dance company from Tipperary produces off-kilter wobbles and a human om, to music that could be the soundtrack for one of the moodier Western films.
“I want you to improvise two things – sliding and placement sequences – and don’t forget to change levels,” she said. “Press into other body parts, and I want you end with something risky.”
When it comes to commissioning new music, the odds for success are no better than those of the casual vacationer visiting a Las Vegas casino and hitting the jackpot. But La Jolla Music Society’s impressive three world premieres Friday (Aug. 16) at SummerFest 2013 beat those odds hands down and offered thrilling Bartók as a bonus.