Classical Music

San Diego Symphony opens masterworks season

I got "Shaham'd." Again.

The Jacobs Masterworks Series started at Symphony Hall this last weekend. The concert was Schumann’s American Festival Overture, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and Brahms Symphony No. 3. Starting off was William — not Robert — Schumann’s ...

Cenerentola or Cinderella at San Diego Opera

An unfamiliar version of the rags to riches story

On Saturday, October 22, the San Diego Opera will open its 2016–17 season. This is the first autumn production the company has put on for as long as anyone can remember. The opening opera is ...

Opus Gala at San Diego Symphony

...sans "opuses"

The San Diego Symphony had their annual Opus Gala on Saturday night October 8. The format this year was different from that of recent years. The difference is that there were on "opuses." Also, music ...

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra goes esoteric

Has Riccardo Muti been reading the San Diego Reader?

It appears as though maestro Riccardo Muti has been reading the esoteric pick of the week. I’m obviously overstating the case there, but the Chicago Tribune has weighed in on Muti’s recent trip “...down nearly ...

Neville Marriner dies aged 92

Health kept him from conducting the San Diego Symphony

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has announced that Sir Neville Marriner has died. We almost had the honor of hearing him conduct the San Diego Symphony in January of 2015 but the ...

Serotinal dismay

The hottest day of the year forces my ears to Vivaldi and Finzi

Monday was the hottest day of the year, so I was forced to turn toward some autumnal music to keep from falling into an Indian Summer depression. I went to two different pieces of music, ...

What happened to Meyerbeer?

The most successful opera composer of the 19th Century is now a footnote

What happened to Giacomo Meyerbeer? After seeing Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable, Chopin proclaimed him to be immortal. His opera Les Huguenots was the first opera to be performed more than 1000 times at the Paris ...

Opus Pops Gala: San Diego Symphony breaks with tradition

Jazz and the Great American Songbook open the symphony season

September feels as though it is taking forever. It feels that way every year. Football starts, school starts, summer ends, and I’m still waiting for the symphony season to begin. This year the San Diego ...

Other than arias drama

A dramatic scene from Otello

The concertate from act III of Otello has long been a favorite scene in the history of opera. With that in mind, I’m shocked at the disparity of views on YouTube between this and the ...

A useless insight

Who cares about being insightful?

I want to discuss the term “insightful.” It's a word which is thrown around the halls of music with some frequency. “The performance was insightful,” “Beethoven's music is insightful,” etc. We've all heard comments along ...

Salome The Royal Opera Trailer


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