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Yefim Bronfman Scores with Prokofiev in La Jolla

By Ken Herman | December 15, 2012 |

An ad campaign some years back cleverly proclaimed “You don’t have to be Jewish to like Levi’s Jewish Rye Bread.” You certainly don’t have to be Russian to play the music of Sergei Prokofiev, but after hearing Yefim Bronfman’s commanding, exuberant performance of Prokofiev’s Eighth Piano Sonata Friday (Dec. 14) at La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium,…

Critic’s Notebook Dec. 2012 – Numbers and Nutcrackers

By Kris Eitland | December 12, 2012 |

DANCE/USA An unexpected visit from Amy Fitterer, Executive Director for Dance/USA, dovetailed nicely with recent announcements from the National Endowment for the Arts. While nine NEA grants totaling $213,000 were awarded to San Diego County organizations, none were for dance projects. Most notably missing from the list was Trolley Dances which has been producing site-specific…

John Williams Conducts His Music with the Symphony

By Ken Herman | December 8, 2012 |
John Williams (photo courtesy of the San Diego Symphony)

The San Diego Symphony went for the best of both worlds Friday (Dec. 7) when they brought in John Williams to guest conduct a program of his own music. Easily the most recognized and acclaimed living film composer, Williams has also established himself as a significant orchestral composer, although acclaim has not yet attached itself…

Zen and the Art of Drumming: Steven Schick in Carlsbad

By Ken Herman | December 7, 2012 |
Steven Schick (photo courtesy of the performer)

When an accomplished musician gives a solo recital, the performer is typically aided by a fine instrument, perhaps an 18th-century violin or cello hand-crafted in Italy or an imposing 9-foot concert grand piano. The performer’s artistry is expressed through an instrument of first-rate craftsmanship. In an intimate solo recital Tuesday (Dec. 4) for the Carlsbad…

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