While local audiences respond warmly to highly accomplished performers, they can be a bit chilly to less familiar, modernist repertory of the last century.
In 1981 noted British director Peter Brook applied scalpel and imagination to Bizet’s most famous opera to produce his ‘La Tragédie de Carmen’ which San Diego Opera will open at the Balboa Theatre on Friday, March 10, 2017 . . .
While San Diegans were celebrating Mardi Gras in the streets of the Gaslamp District, Art of Élan staged its own fete in another quarter of downtown at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Surrounded by Jennifer Steenkamp’s massive video installation “Madame Curie,” Art of Élan Co-Artistic Director Kate Hatmaker and company played a chamber music concert as mesmerizing as Steenkamp’s undulating flowers . . .
The San Diego choral ensemble SACRA/PROFANA gave an impressive performance of Anthony Davis’s profound and jarring cantata “Voyage Through Death to Life Upon These Shores” in a concert at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma that also featured the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego . . .
The young Austrian conductor David Danzmayr brought a fairly conventional program to the San Diego Symphony Thursday (Feb. 23), opening with Waltz King Johann Strauss, Jr.’s signature “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” and closing with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony . . .