Two of the summer’s better performances are up at Diversionary Theatre — but amid some criminally ingratiating material, the actors can do only so much in Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company’s slovenly Gutenberg! The Musical!.
La Jolla SummerFest’s August 21 concert opened with William Bolcom’s charming, droll “Three Rags for String Quartet” and continued with quintets by Mozart and Robert Schumann . . .
Cellist Mischa Maisky, a protégé of the late Mstislav Rostropovich, brought his solo recital of three J. S. Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello to SummerFest 2016 . . .
Among the few pivotal works of chamber music from the first half of the last century, nothing touches Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” for its combination of radical technique and sumptuous beauty. Written under grim conditions—in 1941 the composer was a prisoner-of-war in a German stalag near Dresden—it is nevertheless an audacious […]