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August 12, 1986 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
The ideal string quartet would combine an abundant resonance of sound, splendid but internalized technical skills and the broadest emotional range. Its four players would be equals in musical thought, partners in building balances, architects of sound structures. Such quartets do exist, of course, but they all have names.
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August 18, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
LA JOLLA - SummerFest, one of the country's most significant chamber music festivals, devoted its annual program of new work Friday night at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art here to three American masters. The composers - Steven Stucky, David Del Tredici and John Harbison - are major figures and had never before appeared together on a program. Their works had something to say. But the one thing the evening wasn't happened to be what it was called: "Musical Crossroads.
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July 27, 1986 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Summerfest '86, the chamber music series being mounted by the La Jolla Chamber Music Society beginning Friday and ending Aug. 10, will offer, according to Heiichiro Ohyama, its artistic director, two weekends' worth of chamber music in more or less intimate settings in and around La Jolla.
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June 26, 2011 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Highway 1 is the most alluring music festival route in the country. A scenic drive puts you in easy reach of Mainly Mozart (San Diego), Summerfest (La Jolla), Hollywood Bowl, Songfest (Malibu), Ojai Music Festival, Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), Days and Nights Festival (Big Sur and Hidden Valley), Carmel Bach Festival, Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz), Music@Menlo, San Francisco Opera and Festival del Sole (Napa Valley). But as far as most of these presenters of chamber music, song, orchestral music, opera and new music are concerned, California is what you see out of your car window on the way to a performance.
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August 22, 1992 | KENNETH HERMAN
Olivier Messiaen's grand four-hour opera "St. Francois d'Assise," staged in a high-tech production by enfant terrible Peter Sellars, is the talk of this summer's Salzburg Festival. The controversial production of Messiaen's 1983 opera about everybody's favorite saint is supposedly scheduled for Los Angeles (but exactly when is sketchy).
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June 26, 2011 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Highway 1 is the most alluring music festival route in the country. A scenic drive puts you in easy reach of Mainly Mozart (San Diego), Summerfest (La Jolla), Hollywood Bowl, Songfest (Malibu), Ojai Music Festival, Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), Days and Nights Festival (Big Sur and Hidden Valley), Carmel Bach Festival, Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz), Music@Menlo, San Francisco Opera and Festival del Sole (Napa Valley). But as far as most of these presenters of chamber music, song, orchestral music, opera and new music are concerned, California is what you see out of your car window on the way to a performance.
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August 14, 1988 | DANIEL CARIAGA
In all the frenzy of being Summerfest '88 artistic director, Heiichiro Ohyama says he still will find time to perform at the festival, which opens Saturday in La Jolla and continues through Aug. 30. "I'm playing in several works--Faure's Second Piano Quartet, a Dvorak string quintet, a Beethoven string trio, a Mozart string quartet and Brahms' Piano Quartet (Opus 25)," Ohyama said. Summerfest '88 is the third summer festival of the La Jolla Chamber Music Society.
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September 30, 2000
My heart stopped. That's what happened when I read the Sept. 15 Morning Report item about Wu Han and David Finckle relinquishing their positions with the La Jolla SummerFest. Their tenure as co-artistic directors was both passionate and brilliant. Their departure is sad news. I wish them happiness and the very best with their exceptional careers. They leave behind a glowing legacy. DOROTHY ROZZI BELKNAP San Diego
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE
A pet/owner look-alike contest, a pie-eating competition, karaoke contest and star-spangled baby pageant should provide a few giggles at this year's Seabee Days Summerfest in Port Hueneme next weekend. The Naval Construction Battalion Center will be open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, with live music from rock bands Java Heads, The Excuses and Finnhead. A motorcycle show will be featured all day Saturday. The pet look-alike contest will begin at 1:15 p.m.
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August 21, 1987 | KENNETH HERMAN
During last fall's verbal warfare between the San Diego Symphony board and orchestra members, some cultural prognosticators claimed that San Diego suffered from a surfeit of classical music. Local audiences, they said, had better things to do with their disposable time and income than to languish in darkened concert halls.
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May 13, 2009 | Charles Perry
As one of California's grand old craft breweries, Sierra Nevada has always specialized in ales, but for summer it does make a wonderful lager. Summerfest is a little richer and smoother than your ordinary lager, which they credit to extra-long lagering. Naturally, it has plenty of piney-citrusy hop notes in the nose and a spreading floral finish -- after all, this is Sierra Nevada, the virtual creator of our present-day hop-head phenomenon. Still, this is nowhere as hoppy as an India pale ale.
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August 10, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
"WHEN I think of SummerFest, I think of parties," the lightweight New York composer Bruce Adolphe is quoted as saying in an article celebrating the 20th anniversary of the La Jolla chamber music festival in this summer's program book. "The festival," he continues, "has more parties than any other music festival on the planet, and the evening Beach Party and outrageously sumptuous Sushi Party are in themselves reasons that musicians plan to be in La Jolla during the summer."
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August 5, 2003 | Daniel Cariaga, Special to The Times
An unforced "East Meets West" program, including genuine masterpieces by Chausson and Mendelssohn, capped the opening weekend of SummerFest La Jolla 2003, a three-weekend chamber music gathering in this crowded beach town. This festival, now in its 18th summer, will offer 14 additional performances and a private concert in La Jolla, and one event in Costa Mesa, through Aug. 18. Cho-Liang Lin, now in his third season as artistic director, has put together another bracing and provocative series.
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July 28, 2002 | CHRIS PASLES
There's a distinct contemporary American accent to the annual summer music festival in La Jolla this year. SummerFest music director Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin has programmed two world premieres--John Harbison's Quartet No. 4 and Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Lachen Verlernt" (Laughing Unlearned). He's also invited those two composers plus composer John Adams to participate in SummerFest, which runs Wednesday through Aug. 18. "Audiences will be captivated by what great stuff is being written today," Lin said.
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August 21, 2001 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Five violinists--five of the most brilliant and musical fiddlers performing internationally--and two cellists, with a small, 17-member orchestra, earned the cheering that went on, almost from the beginning, at the final concert of SummerFest La Jolla 2001. At the end of a hectic, 35-event, three-week festival, it was an appropriately bright closing.
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August 6, 2001 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Three years ago, when David Fincke and Wu Han took over the artistic direction of what was essentially a chamber music festival for locals, SummerFest La Jolla immediately took on a high artistic profile, a new life. Then suddenly last summer they resigned mysteriously, unhappily. But not, it appears, disastrously. The La Jolla Chamber Music Society, which runs the festival, quickly found an even higher profile artistic director, the popular violinist Cho-Liang Lin.
FOOD
May 13, 2009 | Charles Perry
As one of California's grand old craft breweries, Sierra Nevada has always specialized in ales, but for summer it does make a wonderful lager. Summerfest is a little richer and smoother than your ordinary lager, which they credit to extra-long lagering. Naturally, it has plenty of piney-citrusy hop notes in the nose and a spreading floral finish -- after all, this is Sierra Nevada, the virtual creator of our present-day hop-head phenomenon. Still, this is nowhere as hoppy as an India pale ale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2000 | ALEX FIELD
The Naval Construction Battalion Center in Port Hueneme will roll out the red carpet when it hosts its Seabee Summerfest on June 24 and 25. The annual event is a chance for the Navy base to show off its personnel, equipment and special skills during a weekend-long festival featuring a full-scale military parade, ship tours of the Comstock, silent drill team demonstrations, a carnival, arts and crafts, a motorcycle and car show, musical entertainment and athletic contests.
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August 4, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
SummerFest La Jolla has a new artistic director, and the ambitious three-week festival opening this weekend seems poised for big changes. Coming off a rift with the previous co-directors, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, the La Jolla Chamber Music Society last fall hired Taiwanese American violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and his first SummerFest season opened Friday.
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September 30, 2000
My heart stopped. That's what happened when I read the Sept. 15 Morning Report item about Wu Han and David Finckle relinquishing their positions with the La Jolla SummerFest. Their tenure as co-artistic directors was both passionate and brilliant. Their departure is sad news. I wish them happiness and the very best with their exceptional careers. They leave behind a glowing legacy. DOROTHY ROZZI BELKNAP San Diego
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