Encountering Opera NEO’s annual Aria Marathon Sunday, July 15, at Palisades Presbyterian Church in Allied Gardens signaled that Opera NEO’s summer festival is again at hand. This marathon is a ritual that gives each singer participating in the five-week festival the opportunity to sing their best opera aria to a captive audience.
If the most rewarding moments of a Mainly Mozart Festival concert can occur during the performance of music by other composers, Saturday’s (June 16) Mainly Mozart program made a great case for that possibility with Johannes Moser’s brilliant solo in Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” Op. 33, and Stravinsky’s sparkling “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto.
After the San Diego Symphony rose to such great heights performing exciting, compelling new works in the recently completed “It’s About Time” festival, Pinchas Zukerman’s uninspired evening of standard repertory proved a crashing letdown . . .
…a shock for some eyes and ears. Contemporary music and culture mixed up with Tchaikovsky, and cranked up to eleven. You’ll feel the booming sound blowing your hair backward, and this production turns the story on its head with…
Guest conductor Johannes Debus again showed his conducting prowess leading the San Diego Symphony in an exciting account of Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony, as well as works by Mozart and Humperdinck . . .
Lang Lang’s return to the Jacobs Music Center on Sunday (February 5) was greeted with the expected fervid applause even before he and the San Diego Symphony delivered an equally passionate account of Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto . . .