August 13, 1990 |
Music director Yehuda Gilad and the folks at the Malibu Strawberry Creek Music Festival do not flinch from the big challenges. Gilad closed the current edition Saturday with a taxing, oddly sorted program mixing a peppy, post-modern premiere with two pillars of Romantic strife and resolution. At the heart of the program at Smothers Theatre of Pepperdine University lay Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene from "Gotterdammerung," itself a premiere of sorts.
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May 16, 1989 |
In his valedictory appearance Sunday night as music director of the Santa Monica Symphony, Yehuda Gilad received the best of all going-away presents--a committed performance of Mahler's First Symphony from his musicians. However, the opening works provided scant clues that the evening would be memorable. Byron Adams' "Intrada and Alleluia for Brass and Percussion" (1988) presents no threat to conservative listeners. Aural adjustments having been made for the lack of polish and refinement in the playing, one discovered a pleasant and effective exercise in contrasting dynamics and tone colors.
March 25, 1989 |
A fine way to stretch the musicianship of promising students is to have them play together with an established professional. Members of the Joyeux Woodwind Chamber Players, whose ages range from 16 to 21, did exactly that by inviting pianist Mona Golabek to join them as a guest artist for a single work on a three-part program Thursday at Gindi Auditorium at the University of Judaism. The Joyeux Players is an ensemble offered as a course at the R. D.
July 25, 1988 |
In his third summer at Malibu, impresario-conductor Yehuda Gilad seems to have brought his Strawberry Creek Festival from near-oblivion to a certain glory. At least, that was the impression Saturday night at Pepperdine University, when Gilad led the second of four orchestral programs at the six-concert series in Smothers Theatre.
November 11, 1987 |
Founded in 1945, the Santa Monica Symphony is one of the better, as well as one of the longer-lived, local community orchestras; and conductor Yehuda Gilad, now in his eighth season with the ensemble, has proved a knowledgeable, skilled interpreter. Still, the results Sunday at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium were disappointing. Gilad gave an emotionally underpowered account of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, failing to capitalize on tension and strong emotional conflicts.
August 10, 1987 |
Since the much-lamented demise of the Claremont Music Festival in the mid-1970s, Southern California has been patiently awaiting the next, thinking-person's indoor summer series. The Strawberry Creek Festival, which concluded its second season at Pepperdine University, Malibu, over the weekend, may be it.