Dancers slink in sheer blue nighties like Sirens of a swamp. Lovely poses and elegant bodies become convulsive and combative. In shadows instead of mud, the gorgeous women wrestle and pin each other down with great force. Their dresses are sheer but tough enough for NASA…
The San Diego International Fringe Festival, which took the city by storm a year ago, is back. If the four shows I saw on opening day yesterday are any indication, this year is as good as or better than last…
English conductor Justin Brown won high marks for versatility in his debut with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra Saturday (June 21) at the Balboa Theatre, where he conducted Beethoven’s Four Symphony and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in D Minor . . .
American orchestras have always had a penchant for hiring foreign conductors as music directors. On Wednesday (June18), Mexican maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto cast his hat into the Mainly Mozart Festival ring, leading the Festival Orchestra in an exuberant and insightful account of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert . . .
At one time, early music conductors and performers never ventured outside of their areas of specialization. The American choral conductor Noah Greenberg stayed with medieval and Renaissance vocal music his entire career, and the British recorder virtuoso Carl Dolmetsch never left the borders of the Baroque. On Wednesday (June 11) at the Balboa Theatre, early music conductor Nicholas McGegan led the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in a mainly Brahms program with smashing results. . .
When it comes to finding new venues for music performance, the Balboa Park museums appear to be everyone’s first choice. For the last six seasons, Art of Élan has played the San Diego Museum of Art’s Hibben Gallery; Camarada just finished its first season of Sunday concerts at the Mingei International Museum, and on Thursday (June 5) Mainly Mozart Festival launched its second year of chamber recitals at the Timken Museum of Art . . .