As the San Diego Symphony’s ambitious, engaging festival “Hearing the Future” takes its victory lap, Festival Curator Matthew Aucoin led the orchestra in an exuberant concert in Copley Symphony Hall Friday, January 25. His refreshing approach to program design completely ignored the traditional overture-concerto-symphony formula: each half of the concert offered seven shorter works or…

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The San Diego Symphony’s “It’s About Time Festival” opened Thursday (January 11) with a rousing, sophisticated  all-percussion concert at Barrio Logan’s trendy Bread and Salt venue. To be certain, offering a  concert of percussion ensembles that will fill a house takes audacity and astute programming skills. Fortunately, Festival Curator Steven Schick possesses these traits in…

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