We asked each of our writers to cast their thoughts as “bravos” and “boos.” As you’ll see, some of them found it easier to do than others. Be that as it may, we proudly present essays by Ken Herman, Kris Eitland, Bill Eadie, David Dixon, Martin Jones Westlin, and Welton Jones.

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Early music finally arrived in great style at La Jolla SummerFest Tuesday (Aug. 13) with a concert by Nicholas McGegan’s Arcadian Academy, a vibrant quintet of period instrumentalists under McGegan’s astute direction. These players served up a tasty buffet of sonatas by G. F. Handel and Henry Purcell, as well as a slew of lesser-known Italian and English 17th-century composers.

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