In accord with the longstanding La Jolla SummerFest tradition, Friday’s (August 26) grand finale performance featured a chamber orchestra, with renowned violinist Gil Shaham as soloist . . .
La Jolla SummerFest’s August 21 concert opened with William Bolcom’s charming, droll “Three Rags for String Quartet” and continued with quintets by Mozart and Robert Schumann . . .
Opera NEO’s compelling “Don Giovanni” production brimmed over with insights and creative approaches that have marked the company’s sparkling previous productions. A cast of young, well-trained singers proved more than equal to the challenges of one of Mozart’s most daunting scores . . .
Mainly Mozart Music Director Michael Francis concluded this year’s festival with a bland program of early Mozart pieces and Felix Mendelssohn’s First Symphony . . .