UC San Diego's Department of Music

December 16, 2008

  Camera Lucida, the department's chamber music series, presented the second of five concerts on December 9. Fine performances from UCSD's Charles Curtis (cello) and Aleck Karis (harpsichord), joined by an all-star crew including San Diego Symphony players, lifted the audience to a standing ovation.

While performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos 3 & 6 and Purcell's Fantasias for strings were exhilirating, the concert came with an added literary bonus: some sophisticated, engaging, even entertaining program notes penned by Donald Rutherford from the university's philosophy faculty. Writing in straightforward language, drawing from the broader historical and cultural contexts of the Baroque era, Rutherford made these composers and their music come alive. It was a revelation to see that it is possible to combine high-level critical thinking with writing that doesn't lapse into PhD-speak.

So, instead of letting Rutherford's thoughtful words disappear with the recycled printed programs, we post them here for your full appreciation (see link below).

And we hope to see you at the next Camera Lucida concert on February 24, 2009, 8 p.m. at The Neurosciences Institute, when Curtis & Co. perform late works of Mozart!

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