Pro basketball hall of famer Bill Walton may have been the tallest man at San Diego’s Jacobs Music Center – Copley Symphony Hall on Saturday night, but he was not the biggest. Instead, it was legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman who was the evening’s star attraction, dazzling concertgoers young and old, short and (very) tall with the first of two masterful weekend performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61.
Friday’s performance (Jan. 10) by tenor Aaron Sheehan and Musica Pacifica for the San Diego Early Music Society made a winning case for Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s distinctly French Baroque style, complementing this repertory with more familiar pieces by J.S. Bach, G.P. Telemann, and G.F. Handel.
Forget about cute little mice in the battle scene. In “A Culture Shock Nutcracker,” the rodents are rats in slashed tights, creeping in low like a street gang, wonderfully nasty. This hip hop take on “The Nutcracker” ballet gets a lot right its first time out; but there’s room for some redos the next time around.
It’s 2014, the start of a new theatre year, and the Welk Theatre San Diego starts the new season off right with a scrumptious production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes as the dessert for its buffet lunch or dinner.