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 . . .
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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 . . .
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 . . .
Fans of Pinchas Zukerman should have been in seventh heaven Saturday (March 21) at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, hearing the maestro play two Beethoven violin sonatas on the first half of the program and conducting the San Diego Symphony in Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony on the second half . . .
Playwright Luis Alfaro has bravely taken the story of Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus Rex’ and reimagined it in contemporary Southern California’s Chicano culture. His Oedipus is born not in Thebes but in Los Angeles, and instead of coming of age in the royal household of Corinth, he learns his trade in Kern County’s California State Prison . . .