Garrett Harris

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

Articles by Garrett Harris

Hershey Felder does Chopin the right way

Questions from the audience during breaks

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am a Hershey Felder fan. My fandom is based on three of his productions, the most recent of which I saw on Saturday night, September 14 ...

Amadeus: The victor is Mozart’s music

Putting Salieri in charge of the narrative relieves us of any controversy regarding the depiction of Mozart

If a show is only as good as its villain, then Amadeus is a great show. The title might refer to Mozart, but the show opens and closes with Salieri, the villain. The play, by ...

Berlin Philharmonic turns away from new music

New director, Kirill Petrenko, getting flak

The new music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, Kirill Petrenko, is receiving some flak for his opening concerts with the orchestra. He is too conservative with his programming. In the words of Alex Ross, critic ...

Romeo and Juliet re-imagined with choreography

Because dance is a tribal language

The Romeo and Juliet I saw at The Old Globe recently tried to “re-imagine” the classic tale. Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story actually does it. The success of West Side Story lies in the fact ...

San Diego Opera's Aida – more music, less moving

Sometimes costumes and the set obscure the sound

The San Diego Opera opens their 2019-2020 Season with Verdi’s Aida. I will be in the chorus, for the fourth time. However, this is the first time I will be in a production which is ...

We don't need a dabbler at the Met

None of these conductors has opera in his blood

I recently watched a YouTube video from a channel entitled *This is Opera*. The video demonstrated just how much Yannick Nézet-Séguin understands the human voice. If you watch the masterclasses which Nézet-Séguin held at Juilliard, ...

nkoda – egalitarian sheet music

Reader writer tested Aida for singing in this fall's opera

While I generally embrace digital technology, I don’t consider myself to be an app guy. I don’t follow the top app charts in the App Store or play any games on my phone or iPad. ...

Romeo and Juliet: Who were the Capulets and Montagues during Shakespeare’s day?

Democrats and Republicans are two feuding groups

“Wherefore art thou Romeo?” I’m assuming that’s a line you’ve heard before. For the purposes of this article, I’d like to change it to “Who-fore art thou Romeo?” Who were the Capulets and the Montagues? ...

Conrad Prebys – a modern-day Razumovsky

What if the Miró Quartet flopped?

I’m sure you remember the old “interrupting cow” knock-knock joke. Interrupting cow wh—? MOOOO! That joke was on my mind during Miró Quartet’s all Beethoven concert on Saturday, August 11, at the La Jolla Music ...