REVIEW: Pianist Haochen Zhang Dazzles La Jolla Audience
San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
December 8, 2013
What do we expect when a first-prize winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition plays a recital? Displays of virtuosity? A perceptive sense of musical style? Sophisticated programming with probing insights into familiar scores and rewarding discoveries of lesser-known works?
In his Saturday (Dec. 7) program for the La Jolla Music Society, Haochen Zhang, gold medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, not only dazzled his audience wtih the bravura technical arsenal expected from a medalist, but invited his listeners into the interior emotional landscapes of works that others rush through solely to induldge their spectacle.
It's Season 45 for La Jolla Music Society
La Jolla Light
By Linda Hutchinson
October 11, 2013
Deepening San Diego's cultural life and appealing to its increasingly diverse community is part of the La Jolla Music Society's mission. This year, by bringing some of the world's greatest music and musicians to San Diego for the 2013-2014 winter season, the society is far surpassing its own vision.
"It's a celebration, our largest ever," said Christopher Beach, the society's President and Artistic Director. The organization is celebrating its 45th anniversary season with many debuts, a new Cabaret Series, and several celebrity recitals and orchestras, including famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Pops and Music of the Baroque.