One may hardly think about what the significantly revered and particularly artistic Inon Barnatan would summon for the finale of SummerFest 2022 on the night time of Aug. 25 and why that night’s program can be titled “Metamorphosis.”
All the four-week competition, from late July to close the top of August, adopted a theme of “innovation and affect,” with musical concepts drawn from historical past, from our personal time and from past.
On a number of earlier evenings in late August, SummerFest had reached manner out into the photo voltaic system and right down to earth, because the competition drew on Gustav Holst’s 1925 Planets, whereas additionally devoting two evenings for the music of Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in music.
Shaw offered her tales, poems, vocalizations and viola efficiency to deliver attentive audiences into her modern inspirations, notably for a composition known as Microfictions during which she was joined by the magnificent Miro Quartet.
In a live performance appropriately named “New Wine, Outdated Bottles” there was a night that includes the music of French pianist/composer Jean Francaix, redoing a Schubert Octet, adopted by the world premier of 34-year previous Chris Rogerson’s ‘Til It Was Darkish, in one other intriguing quartet.
Throughout SummerFest sometimes greater than 70 rehearsals, workshops and artist encounters are free for all. Pageant ticket holders can also entry reside “preludes,” however even these can be found later with out cost, all on the La Jolla Music Society’s web site. An instance, on the stage of the Conrad Prebys Music Heart, was a prelude on the final night time of the competition, a superb efficiency by the Pelia Quartet of Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Main.
Then got here the finale. First was what program annotator Eric Bromberg termed a “witty association of one of many best-loved works within the orchestra literature,” Richard Strauss’s Until Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, a brief charming opening piece.
Dramatically, this was adopted by Metamorphosen, a Examine for 23 Solo Strings, the 1945 composition additionally by Richard Strauss. This grew out of the composer’s sense of the annihilation of German tradition however turned again to Beethoven.
After intermission, what all through SummerFest 2022 has been promised as “musical affect” got here to additional view. In a rapturous closing, the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra roused the viewers to standing ovations with a way of success for 4 weeks of creativity.
Seventeen string musicians amplifying what had been a String Quartet in D Minor, Loss of life and the Maiden, by Franz Schubert, carried out the association for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler. On this 40-minute composition might be heard the affect of “one nice composer’s ideas on one other.”
How rather more may a chamber music lover anticipate? Significantly welcome was the announcement, within the competition’s closing hours that Barnatan had signed a three-year extension as SummerFest music director, via September 2025. Primarily based on the sensible program this summer season, patrons might anticipate new challenges and new surprises in years to come back. Improvements, certainly!
Barry Jagoda, a La Jolla resident, was an award-winning journalist at NBC Information and CBS Information who later served within the White Home as a media assistant for President Jimmy Carter. His new guide concerning the Carter years is Journeys With Jimmy Carter and Different Adventures in Media.