San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett wisely hired Ginger Costa-Jackson to sing the title role of his company’s recently opened production of Bizet’s “Carmen.” Vocally and dramatically, Costa-Jackson’s Carmen is simply nonpareil.
Last weekend, March 22 & 23, 2019, the San Diego choral ensemble Sacra/Profana presented “Gender: X,” an adventurous and challenging collage of works by women composers and poets under the direction of guest conductor Emilie Amrein.
The March 22 San Diego Symphony Concert with the San Diego Master Chorale, under the baton of guest conductor Courtney Lewis, took the audience on an unexpected Puccini adventure: a compelling performance of his “Messa di Gloria” for chorus, three soloists and orchestra.
Ringo Starr and his All-Starrs deliver a blast from the past variety show that feels like a surreal two-hour car ride or the best wedding reception ever…
Steven Schick Leads Stirring, Probing Account of Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony with La Jolla Symphony
After a rugged and stirring performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish,” by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Saturday, March 16, I left UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium refreshed and uplifted. Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony, based on the ancient Hebrew prayer for the dead, takes the listener on a probing and at times exalting journey.
For Art of Élan’s sleekly delivered concert on March 12 at the San Diego Museum of Art, Executive Director Kate Hatmaker selected an unusually amazing musical repast, starting with Georg Phillipp Telemann’s “Gulliver’s Travels” Suite for two violins and ending with a rare string quartet by film score great Nino Rota