The Danish String Quartet returned to La Jolla Saturday, November 16, bringing a joyful, sonically resplendent Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127, and the smoldering intensity of Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat Minor, Opus 144.
Friday’s San Diego Symphony Concert revealed that the romance between the Symphony and its new Music Director Rafael Payare continues to flourish. And San Diego audiences are responding with a spirited zeal that has taken residence in Copley Symphony Hall only since Payare’s advent.
This week’s San Diego Symphony concert featured Víkingur Ólafsson’s smart, spirited Mozart Piano Concerto in C Minor, K 491, and Felix Mendelssohn’s complete incidental music to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Op. 61.
The trick in staging Amadeus is not to let it become overblown. Director Richard Baird has turned that trick marvelously for the opening of North Coast Repertory Theatre’s 38th season.
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.