SD Symphony offers up a rare and rewarding Mahler

Jahja Ling, Alban Gerhardt
U-T San Diego

Forgive the bait and switch, but it was meant to get your attention. This program is special, for a few reasons. Alban Gerhardt, the cello soloist on Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, was transfixing Friday night. Ling just announced he’ll be leaving after the 2016-17 season. Appropriately, the first evening in his role as future-emeritus, he introduced the Mahler. Friday was the piece’s premiere for the San Diego Symphony. Ling has conducted Mahler’s six previous symphonies, but the seventh was a first for him as well, according to the program notes.

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Obama to honor icon of American dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
CBS News

Alvin Ailey was not just a dancer; many would call him a revolutionary. The creation of his company 56 years ago marked the start of a new era in dance, dedicated to the African-American experience. His vision, however, went beyond that, and today his company is not only one of the premier institutions of African American culture, it's now an ambassador of the shared human experience. ... »

American conductor Joshua Weilerstein is appointed the new Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

Joshua Weilerstein

American conductor Joshua Weilerstein is appointed the new Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. The announcement was made today in Lausanne by OCL President Alexandre Curchod. Weilerstein's initial four-year tenure will begin in the 2015/16 season. He will conduct the orchestra in subscription concerts, recording, international touring, and in education and outreach projects.  ... »