Chamber music thrives in San Diego County largely because the La Jolla Music Society, Mainly Mozart and the universities import it in large quantities. But chamber music regularly performed by local musicians remains the exception. Maybe with string quartets such as Emerson, Calder, and Pacifica making such regular visits, local string players figure, “Why bother?” […]
The Brothers Size, Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s first professional play, announces Mr. McCraney as a creative and complex thinker who challenges audiences with simple stories on classic themes whose surface glosses a wealth of meaning underneath. The Old Globe’s production leaves its audiences breathless, unsettled, and aching for more.
An especially animated and warm crowd poured out of Copley Symphony Hall Tuesday. Several dashed into the cool night air without a coat. Many rubbed their ears. A nimble silver-haired woman pushing a walker remarked, “Wow, that screamed 80s,” and several young couples appeared slightly dazed. They’d all just experienced the Joffrey Ballet’s performance […]
Artworks influenced by medical research and inspired by a concern for our water supply can either quench or parch a viewer’s intellectual thirst. In her current exhibition What Comes to Mind: Nature-Human Nature and Visual Translation at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw contends with disparate issues such as death, […]
If the scores of certain recent musical theater works express operatic pretensions—think of Evita or Phantom of the Opera—is it at all surprising that operatic productions are beginning to take on the show biz glitz of musical theater? San Diego Opera opened its new season with a rollicking production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Daughter of the […]
Pete ‘n Keely has a very thin premise, and the way it’s fleshed out is every bit as predictable as you’d expect. Its saving grace is getting to hear two talented performers sing and act their way through a bunch of standards.