Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Upcoming "crossovers"




While the SDEMS is taking a little break until its next concerts on January 25 and February 6, there are a few other interesting events coming up and we will try to post details about some of them on this blog.

Three concerts this weekend are interesting not only for their own sake, but also because they represent a musical crossover between two worlds. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra teams up with the Bach Collegium under the baton of Jung-Ho Pak for the usual Messiah, while the San Diego Symphony will be led by Nicholas McGegan in a program of baroque music and Messiah excerpts. And then on Sunday evening, the same San Diego Symphony, still under the baton of Mc Gegan will present the full-blown Messiah as well.

What will be interesting to watch and hear during these concerts - and maybe even compare if one gets the opportunity to hear them all - is how the two teams strike the balance between the "modern" tradition represented by the two orchestras using modern instruments and traditional or "romantic" interpretation styles and the so-called "Historically Informed Performance" style (HIP) brought by the Bach Collegium and Nick Mc Gegan.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that the SDCO/Bach Collegium's Messiah production will be yet another crossover by fetauring - as advertised - "a dramatic video presentation of the great masterpieces of art." If the goal of this video presentation is to add some excitement for an audience that has already heard the Messiah way too often, may I humbly suggest that this team present Bach's Christmas Oratorio instead next year?
Laurent Planchon

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