Friday’s November 15 concert by the San Diego Symphony featured Alisa Weilerstein provided riveting solos in Ernest Bloch’s “Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra” and Richard Strauss’s “Don Quixote.”
Alisa Weilerstein’s breathtaking recital of three J. S. Bach Cello Suites at The Conrad in La Jolla on Tuesday opened a new chapter for the San Diego Symphony. The orchestra has wisely moved its Chamber Music Series from various downtown locations to the Baker-Baum Concert Hall in the La Jolla Music Society’s acclaimed new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.
Bach Collegium San Diego Brings Its Stylish Period Interpretation of the Brandenburg Concertos to East County
The eminent Bach Collegium San Diego opened its 17th season Friday, October 11, at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego with an all-Bach program that lived up to the ensemble’s estimable period music performance standards.
Following longstanding tradition, the final La Jolla SummerFest program is a chamber orchestra concert. Festival Music Director Inon Barnatan not only upheld the tradition but—as is his wont—improved upon it. Guest Conductor Nicholas McGegan led an impressive list of soloists with this exceptional chamber ensemble Friday, August 23, at The Conrad.
Thursday’s SummerFest 2019 theme at The Conrad-–Music at an Exhibition—explored the connection between the visual arts and music performance. Zach Smithey’s bold brushstrokes moved to the music of Biber, Ravel, and J. S. Bach in one hall, while in the main concert hall Inon Barnatan gave a thrilling performance of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
Questioning the protocol of concert attendance is rarely undertaken, but Kate Hatmaker, Artistic and Executive Director of Art of Élan, made a brave suggestion before the group’s concert Tuesday, May 7, at the San Diego Museum of Art. She asked the audience not to applaud after each of the seven works on the evening’s program. The result proved astounding.