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San Diego International Organ Festival Opens With Pink Floyd And Led Zeppelin Tribute Photo San Diego International Organ Festival Opens With Pink Floyd And Led Zeppelin Tribute
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019

Monday, June 24 through Saturday, August 31, 2019, the Spreckels Organ Society and Artistic Director Raul Prieto Ramirez present the 32nd annual San Diego International Organ Festival at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, eleven concerts featuring international talent pushing the artistic boundaries of a...
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at The Jacobs Music Center Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - May 05, 2019

Jahja Ling was the San Diego Symphony Orchestra's conductor and music director for 13 years. During that time he was responsible for hiring the 70 new musicians who participated in a huge leap upward in the orchestra's precision and sound. Now the SDSO's Conductor Laureate, he has returned to apprec...
San Diego Symphony Welcomes Five New Musicians Photo San Diego Symphony Welcomes Five New Musicians
by BWW News Desk - April 09, 2019

The San Diego Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of five new musicians to the roster in advance of the 2019/2020 season. Music Director Rafael Payare has been in San Diego twice since being named music director last year and was able, along with the audition committee of the orchestra, ...
Launch Into The Wonders Of Outer Space During Family Musical Mornings Concert Photo Launch Into The Wonders Of Outer Space During Family Musical Mornings Concert
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2019

Pacific Symphony will present an exciting "Family Musical Mornings" event with the "Intergalactic Adventures" concert, exploring outer space and beyond through the music of "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and excerpts from Holst's legendary suite, "The Planets." NASA footage for th...
San Diego Symphony Announces Rafael Payare's First Season As Music Director Photo San Diego Symphony Announces Rafael Payare's First Season As Music Director
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2019

San Diego Symphony Announces Rafael Payare's First Season As Music Director 2019-2020 season celebrates Beethoven at 250 with 12 works across eight months...
UCI & Santa Ana High Symphony Collaboration Results In More Saints Than Ever Applying Photo UCI & Santa Ana High Symphony Collaboration Results In More Saints Than Ever Applying To Be Anteaters
by BWW News Desk - March 18, 2019

"This collaboration has never been about developing musicians, it has always been about developing young people who have been valued and encouraged in a way that they can now see themselves going to college, continuing their education and taking advantage of opportunities. Music is how we are connec...
BWW Review: EDO DE WAART AND THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY at Jacobs Music Center Photo BWW Review: EDO DE WAART AND THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY at Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - March 08, 2019

Edo de Waart began his official tenure as The San Diego Symphony Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor with a program of three 20th Century works of, to receptive listeners, quiet reassuring beauty. The concert opened with 'The Walk to the Paradise Garden,' a between-scenes interlude from British co...
BWW Interview: Frederica Von Stade of at San Diego Opera Photo BWW Interview: Frederica Von Stade of at San Diego Opera
by Ron Bierman - March 05, 2019

The famous mezzo soprano Fredericka von Stade is in San Diego this week rehearsing Three Decembers, one of several works written with her in mind by her close friend Jake Heggie. The chamber opera for three singers and 11 musicians will be performed three times next weekend at the 500-seat Patrick H...
Orange County Women's Chorus Presents Stabat Mater Concerts Photo Orange County Women's Chorus Presents Stabat Mater Concerts
by BWW News Desk - February 25, 2019

Pergolesi's beloved 1736 Stabat Mater is the musical map of a mother's grief, and it's the centerpiece of a program that will take you from Golgotha to Yad Vashem to the deep South. Come feel the passion of loss and love through the power of music. The women of the OCWC are joined by an outstanding ...
Bayside Summer Nights Is Back With Pop Culture Lineup Photo Bayside Summer Nights Is Back With Pop Culture Lineup
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2019

The San Diego Symphony has announced the lineup for its popular Bayside Summer Nights, packing the summer full of amazing screenings of the most classic films, some of the most beloved names in rock and a world premiere. At the heart of every Bayside Summer Nights season is the incredible San Diego ...
Saxophone Superstar Kenny G Returns To Pacific Symphony For A Romantic Valentine's Co Photo Saxophone Superstar Kenny G Returns To Pacific Symphony For A Romantic Valentine's Concert
by BWW News Desk - February 14, 2019

Popular saxophonist Kenny G returns to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall as Pacific Symphony's guest artist for the "Valentine's Day with Kenny G" concert, led by guest conductor Albert-George Schram. After Pacific Symphony opens the show with lush love themes by Puccini, Offenbach and Got...
La Jolla Music Society Announces Opening Gala Concerts At The Conrad Photo La Jolla Music Society Announces Opening Gala Concerts At The Conrad
by BWW News Desk - February 07, 2019

La Jolla Music Society, one of the West Coast's foremost performing arts institutions, has announced the launch of its greatly-anticipated, cutting edge new home, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad), with three illustrious opening-weekend concerts. With ceremonies, performances, an...
Saxophone Superstar Kenny G Returns To Pacific Symphony For A Romantic Valentine's Co Photo Saxophone Superstar Kenny G Returns To Pacific Symphony For A Romantic Valentine's Concert
by BWW News Desk - January 31, 2019

Popular saxophonist Kenny G returns to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall as Pacific Symphony's guest artist for the "Valentine's Day with Kenny G" concert, led by guest conductor Albert-George Schram. After Pacific Symphony opens the show with lush love themes by Puccini, Offenbach and Got...
BWW Review: MICHAEL FRANCIS CONDUCTS THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY IN A PROGAM OF THE YOUNG Photo BWW Review: MICHAEL FRANCIS CONDUCTS THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY IN A PROGAM OF THE YOUNG ROMANTICS at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - January 22, 2019

British conductor Michael Francis is known to San Diego concert goers as the music director of the city's Mainly Mozart Festival. Since taking the job four years ago he has embarked on an ambitious chronological survey of the music of the composer who inspired the festival's name. On this evening he...
BWW Review: RAFAEL PAYARE CONDUCTS THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Jacobs Mus Photo BWW Review: RAFAEL PAYARE CONDUCTS THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - January 15, 2019

Rafael Payare's initial concert as Music Director Designate of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra featured four familiar and easily appreciated pieces, including Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni and the topically related Don Juan by Richard Strauss. In a different program two nights later Payare repe...
Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim Presents Album Release Concert At TSRI/ La Jolla Photo Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim Presents Album Release Concert At TSRI/ La Jolla
by BWW News Desk - December 06, 2018

Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim will celebrate the national release of her newest album 'Over. Above. Beyond.' with a concert on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Auditorium at TSRI (The Scripps Research Institute)....
Orange County Women's Chorus Announces December Concert Photo Orange County Women's Chorus Announces December Concert
by BWW News Desk - November 19, 2018

Our holiday concert is a "sister act" of music written, performed, or inspired by nuns! Hear works by Mendelssohn, Cozzolani, Tavener, Szymko, and more, featuring a special appearance by cellist Karen Linkletter. Trust us-this music is so beautiful, you'll want to make it a habit....
Violinist Philippe Quint Returns To Pacific Symphony With Tchaikovsky's Delightful Vi Photo Violinist Philippe Quint Returns To Pacific Symphony With Tchaikovsky's Delightful Violin Concerto
by BWW News Desk - November 09, 2018

Two spectacular guest artists from seaons past return to Pacific Symphony: Rune Bergmann, the acclaimed Norwegian conductor, joined the Symphony last October with Rachmaninoff's formidable Symphony No. 2; and Philippe Quint, the Russian violinist described by BBC Music Magazine as "truly phenomenal....
California Pops To Present Family Christmas At Flint Center Photo California Pops To Present Family Christmas At Flint Center
by BWW News Desk - November 08, 2018

California Pops Orchestra, the country's only all-request pops orchestra, returns with its beloved Christmas "Holiday With The Pops" show at Cupertino's Flint Center. Chock full of musical Yule logs and eggnogs, "Holiday With The Pops" performs one time only on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 3 p.m.  R...
BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONCERT at Jacobs Music Center Photo BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONCERT at Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - November 08, 2018

Guest Ccnductor David Danzmayr led the San Diego Symphony with unusual intensity in a program of one new work and two familiar favorites. Forceful skyward thrusts demanded full power when needed, and an active left hand called for expressive playing. The orchestra responded with performances that br...
BWW Review: MARIINSKY AND SAN DIEGO ORCHESTRAS TOGETHER at The Jacobs Music Center Photo BWW Review: MARIINSKY AND SAN DIEGO ORCHESTRAS TOGETHER at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - October 30, 2018

It was a rare event, two symphony orchestras on stage at the same time, and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev was spectacular. He first set a carefree festive mood with the drinking song from Puccini's La Traviata, performed with Viennese flair by the Mariinsky Orchestra and six singers from the Mari...
Bach Collegium San Diego Offers Local Premiere Of Bach's Christmas Oratorio Photo Bach Collegium San Diego Offers Local Premiere Of Bach's Christmas Oratorio
by BWW News Desk - October 29, 2018

Offering something different for the holidays this year, Bach Collegium San Diego presents the local premiere of J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) on December 14 and 15, 2018. This is a chance to hear this rarely performed work on period instruments in the type of historically informed perfo...
Pacific Symphony Brings The Beloved Musical Favorites From The Enchanting Land Of Oz Photo Pacific Symphony Brings The Beloved Musical Favorites From The Enchanting Land Of Oz
by BWW News Desk - October 22, 2018

"Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," Dorothy said upon stepping into the color-filled landscape of Oz bringing the magic of Technicolor pictures to moviegoers in the 1930s. Since then "The Wizard of Oz" has become a beloved classic with numerous adaptations including two re-interp...
Bodhi Tree Concerts Announces 2019 Season Of Concerts To Benefit Local Charities Photo Bodhi Tree Concerts Announces 2019 Season Of Concerts To Benefit Local Charities
by BWW News Desk - October 22, 2018

The award-winning Bodhi Tree Concerts, the San Diego troupe that presents eclectic musical concerts that raise funds for local nonprofits, announces an exciting season in 2019 that showcases exclusively local musical artists and brings back popular events like a free multicultural street festival....
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at The Jacobs Music Center Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - October 21, 2018

The first program in the San Diego Symphony's 2018-19 Jacobs Masterworks series featured conductor Edo de Waart and pianist Joyce Yang. So did the second, and that's far from a complaint. Three or four more from them this season would be fine with me. The concert format was also unchanged from we...