More than two decades before Orange County got around to building its own performing arts center, there was musical ground breaking--in Laguna Beach, of course.
Founded in 1959 as a showcase for local musicians, the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Society, which moved into its present headquarters in the auditorium at Laguna Beach High School 20 years ago this month, has since presented an admirable smorgasbord of internationally known ensembles. Sunday night, it opened its 27th season.
For a third Southern California appearance in 12 months, the Canadian-based Borodin Trio offered slick but impersonal pre-intermission performances of works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, then returned after the interval to relight the fires in Dvorak's "Dumky" Trio.
Luba Edlina (piano), Rostislav Dubinsky (violin) and Yuli Turovsky (cello) imbued Dvorak's familiar piece with genuine character, probing emotionalism and high spirits, as well as immaculate instrumentalism. But these qualities were largely missing in the ensemble's playing of Beethoven's Trio in E-flat, Opus 1, No. 1, and Mendelssohn's C-minor Trio.