Garrett Harris

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

Articles by Garrett Harris

San Diego Symphony gives us messy Beethoven

Those unsustained phrases

I take no pleasure in what follows. The San Diego Symphony has now given two perplexing performances of a Beethoven symphony in as many weeks. The fourth symphony was played on the weekend of January ...

Emmanuel Ax’s hands were 100 percent water

San Diego Symphony shines with Beethoven Piano Concerto

The San Diego Symphony has been holding a January festival for the past several years. This year, the topic is Beethoven at 250. The festival started with performances of Beethoven’s Leonora Overture No. 3, Piano ...

Beethoven is gravity

A few of the best San Diego Beethovens I recall

We are now in the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth and there will be content created like never before. The internet is already dripping with articles about the grim master of the human condition. ...

Music composers of 1920 vs. 2020

So much for Philip Glass, John Adams, Thomas Adès, Jake Heggie, Matthew Aucoin, Mason Bates, Aaron Schoenberg, David Bruce

As we enter the 2020s, I thought it would be interesting to look back to 1920 and get a feel for what was going on in classical music at the start of that notorious decade. ...

My kids liked Rosenkavalier at the Met

One singer chewing air

As a member of the San Diego Opera Chorus, I don’t often have a chance to review an opera but I’ve got one now. I went to see Der Rosenkavalier, by Richard Strauss, at The ...

Jahja Ling and Dvorak surprised me

Even without San Diego Symphony's Raphael Payare

Never, ever, trust a critic. Always take any review with a grain of salt. Case in point. I thought I didn’t like Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. I found it lacking the drama of his Seventh ...

San Diego's three top classical music concerts of 2019

La Jolla Music Society, San Diego Symphony, Mainly Mozart

Since we are at the end of a decade, I’m feeling an obligation to name the top concerts I’ve experienced in the past 10 years. That’s a lot of pressure so I’ve decided to ease ...

The long line of Puccinis

Watch father, grandfather, great-grandfather on videos here

I’ve been posting daily music history tidbits on my social media and discovered that Michele Puccini was born on Wednesday, November 27 in 1813. Michele was the father of the much more famous Giacomo Puccini. ...

"We shine a beam of light" on Beethoven quartets

Danish String Quartet in La Jolla this month

The Danish String Quartet is in residency at The La Jolla Music Society from November 16 through November 23. They are presenting five concerts as a part of their Prism project. The players in the ...