In 2018, the key players of San Diego’s classical music scene struck gold by collaborating with each other. Enlisting some 10 musical organizations in its month-long “It’s About Time Time” festival in January, the San Diego Symphony set a high bar of cooperation for the coming year, but other organizations readily took up the challenge with rewarding results.

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Can San Diego audiences ever get too much of Gil Shaham? Just two months ago he brilliantly played Sergei Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto at La Jolla SummerFest, and Friday (October 14) he gave a thrilling account of Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto with the San Diego Symphony under Music Director Jahja Ling—Shaham’s fifth local appearance in the last four years.

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