Yaja Wang surprised her most ardent followers by opening the San Diego Symphony season performing an early Mozart Piano Concerto . . .
Fresh faces and new talent to look for in the upcoming San Diego Symphony season . . .
San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling brought the 2014-15 season—his penultimate season with the orchestra—to its conclusion Friday (May 22) with a predictable program of Beethoven and Brahms, featuring the accomplished American pianist Stephen Hough . . .
Guest conductor Murry Sidlin presented “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín,” a concert of Guiseppe Verdi’s great Requiem surrounded by commentary about performances of this work given by Jews imprisoned by the Nazis in the notorious Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II . . .
No matter how celebrated the composer, a commission is always a gamble. David Bruce’s “Night Parade”— the slightly jazzy, atmospheric tone poem he wrote for the San Diego Symphony’s Carnegie Hall debut and China tour last year—proved amiable, but it was no show-stopper. His new Violin Concerto “Fragile Light,” which Gil Shaham premiered under Music Director Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony Friday (Dec. 12), however, struck pay dirt . . .