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REVIEW: SummerFest’s excellent Loft adventure

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 9, 2013

Sometimes, everything works. OK, the food and the service at UC San Diego’s The Loft were spotty. So maybe not everything.

But once the music started at SummerFest’s first foray into a club-like atmosphere, the intimate, informal venue proved to be a perfect place to experience chamber music.

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REVIEW: SummerFest’s excellent Loft adventure 2014-01-27T11:12:57+00:00

REVIEW: Can you think and hum at the same time?

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 7, 2013

Trust SummerFest music director Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin to have you leave the hall smiling – especially in a program like Wednesday’s “Bach & Beyond,” where he also gives you something to chew on.

Bach Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and strings, with Lin and Joseph Swensen as soloists, was the concert’s happy ending. But there was no getting around Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 3, which anchored the program.

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REVIEW: Can you think and hum at the same time? 2014-01-27T11:12:39+00:00

REVIEW: Music wins in Biss v Beethoven at SummerFest 2013

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 6, 2013

Pianist Jonathan Biss must know he’s doomed every time he performs an all Beethoven program, as he did brilliantly Tuesday in a La Jolla Music Society SummerFest program at Sherwood Auditorium.

Biss does not so much interpret Beethoven as he challenges him. You could say he’s like some upstart chess player taking on a grand master. But a better analogy might be that he’s like a wrestler assailing an implacable, unrelenting opponent. Sometimes it gets a bit messy.

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REVIEW: Music wins in Biss v Beethoven at SummerFest 2013 2014-01-27T11:12:19+00:00

Jonathan Biss speaks through music

UT San Diego
By Shayna Posses
August 3, 2013

Before most people have finished gulping down their second cup of coffee, Jonathan Biss is alarmingly eloquent. His precise words come from a voice strong and clear, even at 8 a.m.

But words matter little to Biss. His language is music.

The son of two professional violinists, he grew up surrounded by song. he debuted at Carnegie Hall before he made his first earthly appearance, sneaking his way onstage quite craftily in the womb of his very pregnant mother as she played a Mozart concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Jonathan Biss speaks through music 2014-01-27T11:10:16+00:00

SummerFest’s energetic opening

UT San Diego
By James Chute
August 2, 2013

Nobody took SummerFest music director Cho-Liang Lin up on his offer that they dance in the aisles as the La Jolla Music Society’s annual chamber music festival opened Friday at Sherwood Auditorium. But there was plenty of toe tapping in an energetic concert titled “Let’s Dance.”

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SummerFest’s energetic opening 2014-01-27T11:10:36+00:00

Cho-Liang Lin’s SummerFest Family: Everybody knows “Jimmy”

UT San Diego
By James Chute
July 26, 2013

Not every musician among the nearly 100 who will perform at this year’s La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a friend of music director and violinist Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin, who during a stellar, three-decade-plus career has performed with virtually every major orchestra and chamber music festival in the world. But many of them are, and virtually all have some relationship with him.

“There’s an extra element of friendship going on in chamber music,” Lin said. “It’s more personal. It’s one on one.”

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Cho-Liang Lin’s SummerFest Family: Everybody knows “Jimmy” 2014-01-27T11:09:57+00:00

PREVIEW: Up Close and Personal Lofty Experiment

La Jolla Light
By David L. Coddon
July 12, 2013

Well known for bringing musicians and audiences together in interpersonal environments, SummerFest has a special treat in store for classical music lovers during the 2013 season that begins July 31. Two performances will be held on Aug. 9 at The Loft at UCSD, a casual space that seats about 150 on the second floor of the university’s Price Center East. SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin will emcee and also participate in a program of Bartok, Ives, Debussy, Villa-Lobos and others.

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PREVIEW: Up Close and Personal Lofty Experiment 2014-01-27T11:09:37+00:00

PREVIEW: Musical gumbo due at Balboa Theatre

UT San Diego
By George Varga
May 14, 2013

How easy is it for a savvy pop-music critic to make accurate predictions? Allow me to demonstrate with three examples:

1. Before he kicks off the U.S. leg of his troubled world tour here at Valley View Casino Center on June 22, Justin Bieber will make more headlines regarding a controversy. Said controversy may involve pot, paparazzi, Selena Gomez, Bieber’s errant pet monkey, or some combination thereof.

2. The ongoing “50 and Counting” Rolling Stones’ concert tour will not suddenly add a San Diego date.

3. There will be spontaneous dancing in the aisles at the Balboa Theatre this weekend.

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PREVIEW: Musical gumbo due at Balboa Theatre 2014-01-27T11:08:58+00:00

REVIEW: Poles and Germans Without Conflict for a Change

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
May 11, 2013

In 2005, the young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz surprised the world and thrilled his fellow countrymen by winning the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the first Pole to take top honors at the Chopin Competition in 30 years. Poles have the same relationship to Frédéric Chopin as Americans have to baseball, so this was truly a big thing in Poland.

Blechacz (pronounced BLAY-hahch) made his San Diego debut Friday (May 10) in an exciting and rewarding solo recital in La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium.

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REVIEW: Poles and Germans Without Conflict for a Change 2014-01-27T11:08:42+00:00

REVIEW: Ailey Legacy Lives On, Plays it Safe

San Diego Story
By Kris Eitland
April 12, 2013

It’s not easy to preserve the past and appeal to a 21st century audience at the same time. The heirs of Alvin Ailey’s legacy continue to find balance by pairing commissioned new works wtih a golden oldie that has become a cultural phenomenon.

With Robert Battle as artistic director, only the third to head the company since its inception in 1958, Alvin Ailey American Dance theater presented two programs this week at Copley Symphony Hall. Following tradition, both ended with Ailey’s “Revelations,” a dance that was created in 1960, the year of sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, civil rights protests, and John F. Kennedy elected president.

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REVIEW: Ailey Legacy Lives On, Plays it Safe 2014-01-27T11:07:04+00:00