Best in classical 2018: The musicians who spread joy, justice and compassion when the world needed it
Times classical critic Mark Swed recounts the people who made music matter this year: Gustavo, Esa-Pekka, Yuval. Kopatchinskaja, Norman, Reid. A conductor who bridged cultural borders, a director who confronted anti-Semitism, a pianist who turned loss into stupendous sound. It was quite a year.
The inimitable violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the memorable music director of last summer’s Ojai festival, makes her Southern California recital debut in Santa Barbara.