The brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in rural Mississippi in August, 1955, is recalled by many as the decisive beginning of the last century’s Civil Rights movement. Ifa Bayeza’s stirring one act play “The Ballad of Emmett Till” recounts this event as a kind of passion play, taking us on a fervent journey with Till on his unintended via dolorosa . . .
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Peter Maxwell Davies amazing monodrama “8 Songs for a Mad King” brought together avant-garde music, Expressionist drama, and political commentary in one powerful vehicle–precisely what any San Diego International Fringe Festival contribution should do!
The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s final 2017 concert, Saturday, June 24, included a certain amount of humor: Haydn’s notorious “Farewell” Symphony and Alfred Schnittke’s quirky “Moz-Art” à la Haydn” . . .
In a chamber music concert, members of the Mainly Mozart Festival orchestra gave vivid, yet immaculately focused performances of Beethoven and Mozart on Friday (June 23) at the Auditorium at TSRI in La Jolla . . .
Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio’s rousing performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major fit Saturday’s (June 17) Mainly Mozart Festival theme “Revolutionary Reactions” to a T . . .
While the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra was giving its resplendent account of Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201, on Thursday (June 15) at the Balboa Theatre, I mused on how well this orchestra was flourishing under the leadership of Music Director Michael Francis . . .