Mendelssohn’s supportive score for Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ represents a genius-level partnership that needs considerable artistic labor if paired on the same program. San Diego Symphony should have spent more time at the drawing board.
CRITIC AT LARGE
We already know we only live once. Until the proverbial bolt out of the blue, it’s the ‘where’ we’re not necessarily aware of. Amid his colossally advanced chronology, theater critic Martin Jones Westlin has found his answer, and he elaborates in his final column for San Diego Story.
Comparisons are useful, at best, as ways to keep the conversations going during the slack season.
In 2018, the key players of San Diego’s classical music scene struck gold by collaborating with each other. Enlisting some 10 musical organizations in its month-long “It’s About Time Time” festival in January, the San Diego Symphony set a high bar of cooperation for the coming year, but other organizations readily took up the challenge with rewarding results.
I don’t pretend to be an expert in the business of theatre, but as an interested observer I have been alarmed by both the decrease in the number of professional productions, as well as the difficulty of finding venues where work can be produced.