Festival programming that runs out of pleasant surprises is likely to overstay its welcome, so SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin came up with a pair highly unusual offerings by Britten and Elgar for Sunday’s (August 20) afternoon concert at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall . . .

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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 . . .

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When it comes to finding new venues for music performance, the Balboa Park museums appear to be everyone’s first choice. For the last six seasons, Art of Élan has played the San Diego Museum of Art’s Hibben Gallery; Camarada just finished its first season of Sunday concerts at the Mingei International Museum, and on Thursday (June 5) Mainly Mozart Festival launched its second year of chamber recitals at the Timken Museum of Art . . .

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