Although the popularity of Jean Sibelius’ symphonies has fluctuated wildly over the last century, he is clearly back in vogue, amply demonstrated by the London Symphony’s astute, compelling performance of his Second Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas Sunday (March 29) at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego . . .
The San Diego Symphony under the baton of guest conductor Pinchas Zukerman gave a powerful account Friday (March 27) of Dmitri Shostakovich’s monumental Tenth Symphony, which the controversial Soviet composer dared not write until the dictator Joseph Stalin was dead and buried . . .
‘The White Snake’ is a centuries-old treasure of Chinese popular and classic literature which, in a gorgeous and lively staging at the Old Globe Theatre, shows why it deserves its longevity. Mary Zimmerman both adapted and directed.
“I’m interested in the amateur aspects of performance… I love karaoke because performers just stand up and perform, without any safety nets. I’m fascinated by the bravery of that…”
San Diego Sings! Festival 2015, promoted as a massed chorus of 1,000 voices, brought together some 20 San Diego area choirs at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion Saturday (March 21) to premiere Bradley Nelson’s choral fantasy commissioned for Balboa Park’s centennial . . .