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Garrett Harris

Garrett Harris
Garrett Harris covers the classical music scene for the Reader.

Articles by Garrett Harris

Mainly Mozart does drive-up at Del Mar Fairgrounds

There is some live music in San Diego these days. On Friday, September 11, I and my kids were able to attend Mainly Mozart’s drive-up Resilience concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. According to Mainly ...

September 16, 2020
Why did Amazon drag Mozart through the mud?

Shame on Amazon UK and their new Alexa commercial that asks Alexa to stop playing Mozart and start playing “something more fun.” The entire commercial makes Mozart’s Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute ...

September 11, 2020
Enough of strings, let's hear brass and winds

Last week I unfairly accused the brass and winds of forcing Covid-19-laden breath through their instruments. I venerated the strings section for their safer approach to music. None of that is accurate. I was having ...

August 28, 2020
In times like these, turn to strings

One of the issues orchestras is facing is brass and wind instruments. Brass instruments have “water keys” to drain the accumulated moisture from the instrument. Another, and more accurate, term for water key is “spit ...

August 19, 2020
Giovanni Sgambati – an Italian Liszt

Giovanni Sgambati conducted the Italian premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in 1867. He conducted the Italian premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in 1870. Let that sink in for a moment. Beethoven composed his ...

August 12, 2020
Will San Diego survive a fall without classical music?

It’s August, a month in which I usually begin to look forward to the Masterworks Season at the San Diego Symphony. However, in my opinion, there will be no fall concerts this year. One of ...

August 5, 2020
Voice vs. ethnicity in picking the opera stars

When considering “blind auditions” for orchestras I began to wish opera companies were forced to cast their operas based on blind auditions. A blind audition means the auditors do not know anything about the musician ...

July 31, 2020
Will blind auditions make classical music appealing?

The author of a thought piece in the New York Times wants to get rid of blind auditions for top tier orchestras in order to create more diversity in orchestras. A blind audition means the ...

July 22, 2020
How you can hear San Diego's opera, symphony, Mainly Mozart

Well, we are back to square one with the reopening of the county, and that is bad news for San Diego classical music. The good news is that the restriction on concerts is forcing our ...

July 17, 2020
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