'The Reef' concert had a chance to catch a new wave of fans by pairing surf sounds and scenes
With February beach weather back again, I watched surfers on my morning walk in Santa Monica; I watched surfers again at my evening Walt Disney Concert Hall beat. "The Reef" concert Tuesday was courtesy of Richard Tognetti, the surfing violinist who leads the Australian Chamber Orchestra and who put together a concert to accompany a surf film. Surfing and classical music need not be a disconnect. Conductor Kent Nagano is a lifelong surfer, and a good one who occasionally went out with the braver members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra when he was their music director. Virtuoso French violinist Gilles Apap has toyed with combining his playing with his favorite pastime.