These are both “don’t miss” productions, so, tempting as it might be, please don’t content yourself with the froth of Earnest and miss out of the intellectual games of Travesties. But, see Earnest first.
Ruben Valenzuela and his plucky BachCollegium San Diego opened their fall music season Friday (Sept. 27) at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla with an impassioned concert of choral works by J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel. Choosing the year 1707 as his focal point, Valenzuela offered two impressive works composed in that year by the young Handel and Bach for their respective patrons.
Compagnie Nacera Baleza isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; some people left at the break complaining of boredom. But, seen as ritual rather than performance, the French company’s work possessed stunning depth and beauty.
Over the last 10 seasons, the Carlsbad Music Festival has become the bright beacon of exciting contemporary music in San Diego County. In a coastal town that was once visited only to see fields of poinsettias in bloom, the Carlsbad Music Festival sports a cadre of performers that should make more established festivals green with envy.
Unlike the warm and fuzzy Wizard of Oz that broke all attendance records at Moonlight this summer, the rock opera Tommy about a “deaf, dumb, and blind” pinball wizard is an adult show and smacks of grim realities.
When a cellist wanted to present a solo program, there was a time when he had but two choices: either learn the fiendishly difficult J.S. Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello or hire an accompanist. In this computer age, all virtuoso cellist Eric Byers needed on Friday (Sept. 13) at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan was his computer and an improvised sound system to make his musical compositions blossom.