November 5, 1988 |
Those who follow the musical peregrinations of the San Diego Symphony on a weekly basis must be sorely tempted to ask, "Will the real San Diego Symphony please stand!" Each week, a new guest conductor seems to conjure a different orchestra--each with its own strengths and weaknesses--out of the same musical ensemble.
February 4, 1991 |
In the best of all possible worlds, the string quartet is the crucible in which a composer's essential character is revealed. The Vermeer String Quartet brought white-hot passions to its Saturday night concert of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorak, making Sherwood Auditorium the best of all possible musical worlds for an incredibly rich two hours. Passion, of course, was only part of the Vermeer success story.
September 1, 1988 |
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.
November 19, 1990 |
Soprano Kathleen Battle had an uneven night at Civic Theatre Saturday. In the opening half of her recital, she started two songs over again, apparently fighting drainage or some other vocal discomfort. And, on several occasions, the diva was at odds with her overly independent accompanist, Kenneth Griffiths, whom she gave numerous corrections with unsubtle hand signals.
November 7, 1992 |
After the emotional frenzy of a national election, Thursday night's understated San Diego Symphony concert was just what the doctor ordered. In his first appearance with the local orchestra, guest conductor James Loughran assembled three broadly paced Romantic scores that seemed to suspend time as they meandered over their highly individual musical landscapes.
October 22, 1990 |
Although Gabriel Faure's Requiem is a staple of church choirs, it is less frequently performed in the concert hall. With the combined resources of the San Diego Symphony and the La Jolla Civic-University Chorus at his disposal, music director Yoav Talmi did not make a convincing case for extracting the devotional work from its customary stained-glass surroundings. To be sure, there were some rewarding moments in Friday night's concert at Copley Symphony Hall.