Garrick Ohlsson returned to The Conrad in downtown La Jolla Friday, November 9, to play another all-Brahms piano recital. With his evident affection for the repertory, his superlative technique, and his insight into what makes Brahms’ piano music distinctive, his recital also turned into a graduate level master class for anyone who plays piano or has ever studied the instrument.

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When it comes to planning outreach by the organizations in San Diego’s performing arts community,  John Russell is not afraid to think outside the box. As Conductor and Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale, this Saturday (May 4) Russell is taking his chorus down to  Chula Vista to perform for  elementary students–and their parents and friends–from the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

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Either by chance or some mysterious plan, world-class violinists have decided to zero in on San Diego this April. Last week, Midori played a recital at The Conrad in La Jolla, and next week, Gil Shaham will flex his musical muscles at The Conrad. Sunday, Joshua Bell returned to the Jacobs Music Center in downtown San Diego to play Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with the San Diego Symphony under its Laureate Director, Jahja Ling.

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