Chamber music by Finnish composer Olli Mustonen was featured on Sunday’s SummerFest concert at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, and the composer also performed Beethoven piano sonatas . . .
In a chamber music concert, members of the Mainly Mozart Festival orchestra gave vivid, yet immaculately focused performances of Beethoven and Mozart on Friday (June 23) at the Auditorium at TSRI in La Jolla . . .
The air could not have been more electric in the Balboa Theatre Saturday night (June 10) when the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra offered Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite” under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis and Conrad Tao launched into his exuberant keyboard fusillade that turned into Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 8 . . .
The eminent conductor Charles Dutoit ascended the podium of the San Diego Symphony Friday (May 19) to lead a vivid concert of Stravinsky, Ravel, Mozart and Beethoven . . .
While local audiences respond warmly to highly accomplished performers, they can be a bit chilly to less familiar, modernist repertory of the last century.
The young Austrian conductor David Danzmayr brought a fairly conventional program to the San Diego Symphony Thursday (Feb. 23), opening with Waltz King Johann Strauss, Jr.’s signature “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” and closing with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony . . .