Fans of cellist Alisa Weilerstein who have been following her progress over recent seasons of La Jolla SummerFest and last spring’s solo appearance with the touring Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra brought the highest expectations to her joint recital with pianist Inon Barnatan Friday (Jan. 17) at Sherwood Auditorium. Neither musician disappointed our high hopes, and the chemistry between these accomplished young artists produced a evening of inspired and probing performances.
Ms. Isaacs looked radiant in a flowing white pants suit and remarked, “I am proud of my age.” The adoring audience interrupted her by singing “Happy Birthday.” After the event, County Supervisor Dave Roberts declared it “Jean Isaacs Day,” and a full celebration continued upstairs till midnight.
Saturday’s (Jan. 11) soundON Festival concert at the La Jolla Athenaeum featured three new, edgy chamber music compositions juxtaposed with Arnold Schoenberg’s now classic Expressionist gem “Pierrot Lunaire.”
San Diego Repertory Theatre is giving “In the Time of the Butterflies,” the story of four sisters’ valiant fight against Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo’s bloody regime, its English-language world premiere through Jan. 26. Curiously, the entry is missing a lot about its flesh-and-blood antagonist — but a highly developed culture of ensemble carries the performances in this commendable piece about a brutal reign the West can’t afford to forget.