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Kent Nagano leads OSM in thrilling - La Jolla Music Society performance / San Diego Union-Tribune

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Spring arrived three days late at Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall. On Wednesday, Kent Nagano led the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling performance of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." It was joined by two more early 20th-century masterpieces: Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no. 3 and Debussy's "Jeux" (Games).

In the MSO's fantastic performance, presented by the La Jolla Music Society, instrumental colors melted into each other and melodies seamlessly transformed. The musicians worked together like a finely calibrated car engine and transmission, a smooth trip from start to finish. They have a wide dynamic range, producing subtle pianissimos, yet capable of fortissimos that engulfed the audience. In "Jeux," climaxes came one after the next, gradually building up, dying away, only to surge back again, all done fluidly and organically.  READ THE FULL San Diego Union-Tribune REVIEW