Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian brought a well-matched program of John Adams and Gustav Holst to the San Diego Symphony Saturday (December 3) at the Jacobs Music Center. Because he chose Adams’ recent “Doctor Atomic Symphony” and his Holst selection was “The Planets,” Oundjian cleverly titled his program “Adams, Atoms and Planets” . . .
Of budding young piano virtuosos there is surely no shortage. The number of promising performers who understand how to program creatively, however, remains distressingly small. Hélène Grimaud’s stunning Thursday (Dec. 1) recital for the La Jolla Music Society could easily serve as a master class in insightful programming . . .
Solar radiation carries a deadly potential rivaled by only one phenomenon — war. The former upends commerce the way the latter upends lives; Innermission Productions’ current ‘Seven Spots on the Sun’ is a very good case in point.
The members of the band, Forever Plaid, may be dead, but their spirits keep on returning to San Diego County. Over the years, the highly successful Off-Broadway revue has played in theatres such as the Theatre in Old Town and the Old Globe Theatre.