Arts and Music
Featured This Month
Students, administrators and academic researchers demonstrate the value of learning music in school as they show improvements in English and Math test scores, class attendance rates, cognitive development, self-esteem and the ability to work with others. Featured are Francisco Escobedo, the superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District; UC San Diego cognitive scientists Terry Jernigan and John Iversen; and young musicians participating in the Community Opus Project, an in-school and after school music program led by Dalouge Smith, the president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.
As suggested by the title, a divertimento was intended as light, relaxed music, a diversion for the audience. This description can't begin to do justice to Mozart's "Divertimento in E-flat Major," an expansive string trio widely considered one of Mozart's greatest chamber works. While "Divertimento" has the jaunty passages we associate with the composer, at times the mood is serious indeed, and the overall quality is somewhat bittersweet. As always, Mozart handles the simple structure of the sonata form with great sophistication. Recorded on 11/22/2017.