Sunday (October 19) at La Mesa’s St. Martin of Tours Church, the recently formed choral group Folklore shared a program with Joseph Martin Waters’ avant-garde ensemble Swarmius, evidence of a new collaborative spirit among San Diego music ensembles and organizations. . .
Sometimes the designation “competition winner” is a scarlet letter, a mark denoting that soulless technical wizardry capable of impressing judges, but Vadym Kholodenko, first prize winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, demonstrated probing emotional depth and daring individuality in his stunning account of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto Sunday . . .
San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling celebrated his tenth anniversary with the orchestra by completing a musical circle: he duplicated his inaugural concert from 2004, a program of Scottish-themed works by Mendelssohn, Bruch and the contemporary Peter Maxwell Davies . . .
Boxing is far too violently intense for easy stage interpretation but Rachel Chavkin’s ritual staging of Marco Ramirez’s play “The Royale,” now at the Old Globe Theatre, shows that imagination and skill can respect the sport while ming it for metaphor.
The American Dream is in reality the American Nightmare, and Sam Shepard is here to prove it. Cygnet Theatre’s very good Shep-Rep fare, comprising “True West” and “Fool for Love,” is Shepard come alive, with two emotionally raw scripts and a scathing indictment of a country that’s clearly lost its way.
Less than a year ago I had the opportunity to hear the outstanding male vocal quartet New York Polyphony perform a stimulating, eclectic program at the La Jolla Athenaeum. Friday (October 3) the ensemble returned to La Jolla for a concert of Spanish Renaissance music . . .