Classical Music

Prokoviev-ing

Platonic forms and divine muses make an appearance at Mainly Mozart

We now have a peak experience to add to the list for Mainly Mozart, but it came from Prokofiev and Beethoven. The Mainly Mozart Festival is taking a chronological journey through Mozart’s life over the ...

If you can use The Force, then use it

Mainly Mozart's second concert

Two concerts into the Mainly Mozart Festival and all is well. The second concert on Thursday, June 15, was a mixed bag for moi. This was the third time I’ve been to a Mainly Mozart ...

Strauss raised wife jokes to the level of art

How would the "I'm with her" crowd react to Strauss's Intermezzo?

What is an intermezzo? There are several famous musical intermezzi such as those found in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci but there is also an entire opera entitled Intermezzo by Richard Strauss. What gives? In the ...

The Tao of Mozart

Conrad Tao brings the ancient nature of the cosmos to the Mainly Mozart Festival

Taoism, with its principles of effortless action, naturalness, humility, simplicity, spontaneity, compassion, and frugality, was a perfect fit for the evening. Which evening? The opening evening of The 2017 Mainly Mozart Festival on Saturday, June ...

An excuse to talk about Wonder Woman

The mainstream picks up the redemptive feminine conversation

Perhaps I’m overstating my case but I feel as though the recent success of the Wonder Woman movie has been prophesied here in this humble column. For not a few years I’ve been adding my ...

Scategories with Wolfgang

Scatology has a long and honorable tradition

Scatology is currently a most distasteful subject but that was not always the case. There are examples of scatalogical humor dating back to Aristophanes’s The Birds in the ancient Greek theatre. This type of humor ...

Emotional finale for Maestro Ling

Sibelius was great at makeup sex

Saturday, May 27 was the second of three final concerts at the San Diego Symphony. These concerts conclude the Jacobs Masterworks Series and Maestro Jahja Ling’s tenure as music director of the orchestra. The concert ...

The Mainly Mozart is coming

I take my annual ride from borough to borough

Round about this time of year I begin to feel like a musical Paul Revere. Instead of riding from town to town shouting, “The redcoats are coming! The redcoats are coming!” I begin posting from ...

San Diego Symphony on Saturday night — the best concert ever

Yes. I’m going to go with that.

Well, I guess the May 20th concert by the San Diego Symphony was the best one I’ve heard them perform. Yes. I’m going to go with that. Charles Dutoit conducted the living fire out of ...

One-sided conversation at San Diego Symphony

Schumann’s themes tend to stick in the ear

Every concert is a conversation between the performers and the audience regarding a particular composer. This conversation isn’t quite fair, because the audience always has the last word. The audience’s response is the final verdict ...

Prokoviev's Symphony No. 1

He knew a little about The Force

Mozart's Symphony 29

An intermezzo from Intermezzo

The encore piece Tao performed

Sacred feminine in Mahler's 8th

Mozart's Leck mich im Arsch

Yefim Bonfman

Bronfman playing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with Berlin Philharmonic

Michael Francis talks

Description of the concerts in the series.

Dutoit conducting Le sacre du printemps

Dutoit with another Stravinsky

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