Guest conductor Murry Sidlin presented “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín,” a concert of Guiseppe Verdi’s great Requiem surrounded by commentary about performances of this work given by Jews imprisoned by the Nazis in the notorious Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II . . .
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The young American Conrad Tao gave a spectacular performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the San Diego Symphony Saturday (May 2) on a concert that included an equally spectacular “Carmina burana” by Carl Orff . . .
Fans of Pinchas Zukerman should have been in seventh heaven Saturday (March 21) at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, hearing the maestro play two Beethoven violin sonatas on the first half of the program and conducting the San Diego Symphony in Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony on the second half . . .
Filling in for an ailing Sir Neville Marriner, the authoritative Dutch conductor Edo de Waart served up Mikhail Glinka and Edward Elgar with breadth and evident affection . . .
No matter how celebrated the composer, a commission is always a gamble. David Bruce’s “Night Parade”— the slightly jazzy, atmospheric tone poem he wrote for the San Diego Symphony’s Carnegie Hall debut and China tour last year—proved amiable, but it was no show-stopper. His new Violin Concerto “Fragile Light,” which Gil Shaham premiered under Music Director Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony Friday (Dec. 12), however, struck pay dirt . . .