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.
Early music finally arrived in great style at La Jolla SummerFest Tuesday (Aug. 13) with a concert by Nicholas McGegan’s Arcadian Academy, a vibrant quintet of period instrumentalists under McGegan’s astute direction. These players served up a tasty buffet of sonatas by G. F. Handel and Henry Purcell, as well as a slew of lesser-known Italian and English 17th-century composers.
For the first time, SummerFest gave a concert in the intimate venue of The Loft at UC San Diego. This smart program of modernist chamber music performed by musicians in casual attire proved a resounding success Friday, Aug. 9. The only possible criticism would be the question, “Why didn’t someone think of trying this sooner?”
As the disco ball spins and drinks flow, a sexed up cast recreates the tale of star-crossed lovers in a disco night club. There is simulated debauchery and the spell that makes Bottom have the head of an ass. And most notable, the audience is encouraged, nay, bewitched into disco dancing on the dance floor. This could be the campiest, most interactive show ever.
Many music-lovers deem Johann Sebastian Bach’s music to be the wellspring of the great catalogue of western music that is performed and enjoyed today. Although such an assertion can be the start of a lively debate, SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin put himself firmly in
“In the Heights” is the fourth collaboration between the San Diego Repertory Theatre and the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. While I am a graduate of SCPA and some of the cast from “In the Heights” are from SDSU, where I attend college, I promise that the following review is completely objective.