As Opera NEO approaches its season opening next week, July 28, the company presented its customary Cabaret evening of scenes and ensemble songs from a wide variety of opera, operetta, and musical theater at the Encinitas Library Concert Hall . . .
As Opera NEO Artistic Director Peter Kozma welcomed Saturday’s (July 15) audience to his company’s season-opening Aria Marathon program, he offered his humorous take on the event. “Aria Marathon—or as some call it, death by aria!”
The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s final 2017 concert, Saturday, June 24, included a certain amount of humor: Haydn’s notorious “Farewell” Symphony and Alfred Schnittke’s quirky “Moz-Art” à la Haydn” . . .
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 . . .
While the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra was giving its resplendent account of Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201, on Thursday (June 15) at the Balboa Theatre, I mused on how well this orchestra was flourishing under the leadership of Music Director Michael Francis . . .
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 . . .