Reviews: Opening Weekend and Yuja Wang

Yuja Wang dazzled audiences this weekend… and our musicians glowed.

Below are reviews from The San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego Story, San Diego Reader, and Bachtrack!

“It was a good night for the musicians of the San Diego Symphony Friday as the orchestra opened its 2015-16 season at Jacobs Music Center.

Concertmaster Jeff Thayer, after taking a leave of absence during the second half of last season, has returned. And given the energy and focus shown by the string section, especially in the opening Overture to “Die Fledermaus” and much of Prokofiev’s Suite from “Romeo and Juliet,” he’s apparently glad to be back…” Click here for the entire review by James Chute.

“Yuja Wang playing Mozart? The brilliant young Chinese pianist who makes a splash everywhere with her fiery, dashing accounts of the mighty piano concertos of Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev graced the San Diego Symphony’s season-opening concert Friday (Oct. 9) performing Mozart’s early Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, K. 271, ‘Jeunehomme’...” Click here for the entire review by Ken Herman.

"In this day and age of computer-generated sounds and images, as the precious bud of virtual reality starts to blossom upon our consciousness, it’s nice to be reminded that technique often trumps technology. On Saturday night, we got that reminder as Yuja Wang and the San Diego Symphony did their entire concert without any CGI or sound effects..." Click here for the entire review by Garrett Harris. 

"To celebrate another landmark season, San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling brought forth a multifaceted program featuring an appealing contemporary Chinese work, a lesser known but captivating Tchaikovsky piano concerto with star Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, and an evergreen Rimsky-Korsakov favorite, in the OPUS Gala celebration concert..." Click here for the entire review by Erica Miner.

Yuja Wang photo credit: Norbert Kniat.

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