Violinist Cho-Liang Lin turned what is usually a pleasant journey through the rococo traceries of Mozart’s Second Violin Concerto on Friday’s SummerFest Finale Concert into a profound spiritual journey. . .
Although that storied operatic cliché of the sobbing final aria before the heroine’s sad demise was scripted by the San Diego Opera Board of Directors on March 19 when it voted to shutter the company, Board President Carol Lazier was not singing a farewell aria in her press conference Monday (May 19) in the plaza in front of Civic Theatre where she jubilantly announced the reversal of the Board’s March decision to terminate the company and the raising of $2,116,376 of new money to support the 2015 season . . .
If the four-note thunderclap – da-da-da-DUM – that opens Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony does indeed evoke Fate knocking on our door, that fearsome presence arrived at Copley Symphony Hall in a hurry last Friday evening. Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi, leading the piece without a score before him, launched the first movement with a brisk tempo that riveted both players and audience. I have rarely seen – or heard – the San Diego Symphony playing with so much concentrated clarity as it displayed in the opening pages of what may well be the most famous piece of music in the Western world…