This season of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest brings down the curtain on Music Director Cho-Liang Lin’s superb 18-year tenure with the festival. Friday’s opening concert offered sublime chamber works by Bartók and Villa-Lobos, as well as wit and charm in Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals.”

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Virtuoso Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin was the featured performer in Wednesday’s (August 24) La Jolla SummerFest concert. No stranger to San Diego audiences, he gave winning accounts of piano concertos by Ravel and Gershwin with the San Diego Symphony earlier this year, and this marked his third successful visit to La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium . . .

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