LA JOLLA — SummerFest '88, the La Jolla Chamber Music Society's conspicuously well-attended 11-day festival, took its final curtain calls Tuesday night at Sherwood Auditorium. Festival artistic director Heiichiro Ohyama took the podium and led the San Diego Chamber Orchestra in a pleasant potpourri of Mozart, J. S. Bach and Ernest Bloch.
With only a tangential relationship to the chamber music festival, the program seemed like a postscript rather than a grand finale. Two of SummerFest's more notable participants, oboist Allan Vogel and violinist Thomas Zehtemair, shared the spotlight in Bach's D Minor Concerto for Oboe and Violin. Vogel's plaintive lines complemented Zehtemair's stylish, sweet-toned arabesques, and Ohyama kept the orchestra suitably restrained. These soloists and Ohyama were the only performers 1869488244who made up this season's SummerFest.
The festival had reached its emotional peak in the two concerts over last weekend: a frenzied but exciting performance of Brahms' G Minor Piano Quartet on Sunday and Saturday's transcendent interpretation of the Schubert E-flat Piano Trio. Tuesday's orchestral program failed to attain such heights, although, at the end of the evening, Ohyama attempted to crank up the final movement of Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1 to Olympian proportions at the orchestra's expense. The sunny cadences of Mozart's Symphony No. 29, the program opener, ambled along at a relaxed pace, showing the chamber orchestra's better virtues. After intermission, Ohyama indulged a lush rendition of Bach's Air from the Third Orchestral Suite.