The December 22, 2019, performance by the Bach Collegium San Diego of G. F. Handel’s complete “Messiah” in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla benefited greatly from the new hall’s splendid acoustics, high ceiling and clean sight lines. Of even greater import, the Bach Collegium’s fresh, insightful approach to 18th-century period performance practice gave it uncanny communicative powers to a 21st-century audience.

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Sunday’s November 10, 2019, Hausmann Quartet concert at the Maritime Museum of San Diego continued the ensemble’s traversal of all of the Haydn string quartets. Their program also included Andrew Norman’s “Peculiar Strokes” from 2011 and Igor Stravinsky’s rarely programmed single movement “Concertino” from 1920.

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In addition to the Hausmann Quartet’s multi-year traversal of all the Joseph Haydn string quartets, the intrepid San Diego ensemble has annually presented during the season prior to Easter the composer’s string quartet version of his profound orchestral work “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” This year, Hausmann gave their concert Sunday, April 14, in the Luce Loft down in San Diego’s East Village.

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