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.
In a well-received duo recital, on Thursday, April 25, violinist Gil Shaham and his stellar musical compatriot pianist Akira Eguchi made their inaugural appearance in the La Jolla Music Society’s spectacular new Baker-Baum Concert Hall.
The expectations that precede a piano recital by András Schiff are exceedingly high, and his Friday, February 22, performance at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego easily surpassed them.
Between the spring 2016 revelation that San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling would retire at the end of the 2016-17 season and the announcement in February 2018 that the young Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare had been selected as Music Director Designate, San Diego musical circles were rife with speculation. Among the names most frequently […]
Ruben Valenzuela’s Bach Collegium San Diego gave an electric performance of J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Friday (December 14) in the capacious sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Sung in German by a strong 19 member chorus, accompanied by a fleet 25-piece period instrument ensemble, and guided by Artistic Director Valenzuela’s acute sense of Baroque period performance practice, this concert brought the audience amazingly close to Bach’s musical world.
Although the mandolin as a featured solo instrument is not one that symphony audiences regularly encounter, young mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital offered splendid concertos by J. S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi with the San Diego Symphony last weekend.