For its vivacious stage presence and vibrant tonal palette, the St. Lawrence String Quartet is a popular and regular guest at UC San Diego’s ArtPower! chamber music series. Their Friday (Nov. 7) concert at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall brought cheers and shouts of bravo . . .

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From the frightening medieval “Dies Irae” chant to Mozart’s solemn “Requiem” to Elton John’s wistful “Candle in the Wind,” the music of western culture has played a key role interpreting death and loss. Art of Élan took up this challenging topic on Tuesday (Feb. 25) in a concert of striking new compositions . . .

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