November 3, 1988 |
Granted, the presentation of new music does not arouse either the passion or even the curiosity of, say, a newly released movie or the opening of a Broadway play. But even Beethoven was once novel, and some of today's staples of orchestral and chamber music were initially dismissed as ugly or unplayable. UC San Diego's New Music Forum has a healthy reputation for offering a regular sampling of new works by the university's cadre of younger composers.
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.
August 29, 1988 |
Although this year's SummerFest audience seems to have come equipped with an automatic "Bravo!" response, Saturday night's performance of the Schubert E-flat Piano Trio, Op. 100, warranted this level of enthusiasm. Most performances tap into the gravity and breadth of Schubert's chamber-size opus built on symphonic proportions, but SummerFest's players captured its youthful abandon as well as its emotional volatility.
June 15, 1988 |
Monday night's festivities at the Spreckels Organ pavilion in Balboa Park exuded an unmistakable tinge of triumph, and a crowd of about 1,500 was on hand to relish the victory. Had it been a scene in a melodrama, it would have been that moment of revelation when the orphan discovers he not only has parents, but also parents who are rich and benevolent.
November 5, 1987 |
Conductor John Alexander and the Pacific Chorale opened their 20th season Tuesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with a program that showed Alexander's firm commitment to taking the high road of artistic development. Alexander offered no self-gratulatory speeches, no easy or familiar repertory, no repetitions from recent seasons.