Newly minted Mainly Mozart Festival Music Director Michael Francis and keyboard wizard Jon Kimura Parker catapulted the packed Balboa Theatre audience into an ebullient mood Saturday . . .
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt offered a remarkable and stimulating duo recital Saturday (May 9) for the La Jolla Music Society pairing Bela Bartók’s First Violin Sonata (1921) with Anton Webern’s Four Pieces, Op. 7 (1910) and surrounding them with more familiar sonatas by Mozart and Brahms . . .
Pianist András Schiff stopped by La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium Friday (Feb. 20) evening to amuse and enlighten his loyal San Diego followers with a traditional program of sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. . .
Beethoven dismissed the theme of Mozart’s Don Giovanni as too frivolous for consideration, but philosophers and theologians have treated the opera as a treasure close to Divine revelation. San Diego Opera’s stunning production of “Don Giovanni” at Civic Theatre not only made an air-tight case for the opera’s dramatic potency, but offered a roster of accomplished singers who gave Mozart his due and then some . . .
Stage Director Nicholas Muni has an unconventional take on San Diego Opera’s upcoming “Don Giovanni” production: “Don Giovanni can easily become a one-joke piece: sex. But it’s not about sex, in my view. Sex is just the hook.”