In the heyday of Southern California surf music, this pop style seemed remote from the world of jazz, but composer and jazz guitarist Peter Sprague created his unique “saltwater jazz” style surfing the waves off Del Mar . . .

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The last time San Diegans encountered baritone Morgan Smith, he was riveting their attention in the role of Starbuck in San Diego Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” one of the few contemporary operas that have found favor with opera’s notoriously conservative audience. Back in town for the first opera of San Diego’s 2015 season, Smith shares his insights and inspirations . . .

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La Jolla Music Society opened its Celebrity Recital Series with a program by noted violinist Gidon Kremer and upcoming pianist Daniil Trifonov, although the young Russian rising star managed to rule the stage at Sherwood Auditorium . . .

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Celebrating Complexity, the title of Saturday evening’s (Jan. 10) 2015 soundON Festival of Modern Music performance at the La Jolla Athenaeum, succinctly describes this festival’s aesthetic profile and the intention of its resident ensemble—not accidentally called NOISE . . .

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Civic Organist Carol Williams and her cohorts at the Spreckels Organ Society made Wednesday’s (Dec. 31) Spreckels Organ Centennial Concert a gala party, a fast-paced variety show that included whimsy, humor, flashy new compositions, brass, bagpipes, a 150-voice chorus, and a partridge in a pear tree . . .

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