Continuing the San Diego Symphony’s laudable Leonard Bernstein year-long centennial salute, guest conductor Steven Sloane and the orchestra offered a rousing account of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” Friday, November 16, at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.
Melancholy isn’t an easily defined state, yet its aftereffects are a powerful marker in the affected person’s emotional mix. Playwright Sarah Ruhl thinks it’s also an important component in mental health — and with InnerMission Productions’ very nice ‘Melancholy Play,’ it looks like she has a point.
Wonderfully ambitious, if over-reaching, David Roussève/REALITY’s “Halfway to Dawn” is a sort of dance-biography of jazz great Billy Strayhorn. Celebratory, abandoned dancing to Strayhorn tunes evokes the gaiety of African-American jazz clubs in the 1940s; but this complex piece also conveys an underlying loneliness.
If you are puzzled to learn that the Hausmann Quartet’s November 11 Sunday program at the Maritime Museum of San Diego was planned around the outer space probes of Voyager 1 and 2, launched in 1977, you probably lack the imagination of the four clever Hausmann musicians. But you will discover the relationship of the three composers mentioned in the headline when you read the review.
On Tuesday, November 6, Art of Élan offered an amazing concert in the atrium of the San Diego Museum of Art that spanned the madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi to a stunning instrumental quartet 2016 by David Bruce.
Bravo to City Ballet for its dedication to fine ballet and live music to enrich the experience. When the dancers stepped forward for bows, they were dressed in their costume of the calendar, a mix of fabrics and styles, and an energized audience applauded with gusto, and in equal measure for the City Ballet Orchestra and soloists…