Songs Instrumental and Vocal

Mention the composer Ottorino Respighi, and most music aficionados will reel off a list of massive orchestral works, especially those throbbing tone poems depicting the city of Rome. But the early 20th-century composer has another more intimate and subtle side: Respighi the chamber music maestro. This was the visage that smiled on Art of Élan’s season-opening program . . .

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Old Globe’s ‘Bright Star’ Sings of Secrets & Forgiveness

Even if you don’t have an ear for distinct bluegrass rhythms or songs about suffering, heartache, and heaven, deep tones in the music prelude will cut into your bones and skin. With all its predictability and symbolism, Bright Star remains as rewarding and bitter sweet as a dark molasses pie, with delicious characters and two stories that unfold over two decades in Ashville, North Carolina.

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DiLisi the Crafty Soloist in Rare Timpani Concerto

One of San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling’s laudable traits is affording the virtuoso players within his orchestra opportunities to appear in solo concertos. This Friday Principal Timpanist Ryan DiLisi amazed and pleased the Copley Symphony Hall audience with his solo turn in William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No.1 . . .

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Rise of New Jersey Legends

Ten years have passed since The Four Seasons’ jukebox musical, Jersey Boys, premiered in San Diego at the La Jolla Playhouse. From that time on, it became a Broadway megahit with many successful productions performed all over the world.

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