by Theodore Bell

Southwest Chamber Music’s LA International New Music Festival

San Francisco native Kurt Rohde described his Concertino for Solo Violin & Ensemble as a sort of Baroque concerto grosso. He is a veteran of Southwest Chamber programs, and his music presents as somewhat traditional, although still engaging and keenly organized. Vijayan’s violin solo was of virtuosic proportions, and the rich tone of her instrument complemented Rohde’s accessible melodic lines, especially in the breathtakingly elegant double-stopped counterpoint of the Sotto movement. The third movement roared as the ensemble pumped the motorific percussive presto to a stirring finale. Rohde is a rising star in West Coast new music and has found a uniquely personal voice among his contemporaries.