Chekhov characters need stuff too and, for the Old Globe Theatre, Christopher Durang checks in on their modern inheritors’ yearning up there in Bucks County. Sample dialogue: “Why is he always taking off his clothes?” “Because he can.”
Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony climaxed their 2013-2014 season Friday (May 23) with a stirring account of the Brahms First Symphony, complemented by Russian violinist Vadim Repin’s vivacious lead in Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2 in G Minor. . .
Although that storied operatic cliché of the sobbing final aria before the heroine’s sad demise was scripted by the San Diego Opera Board of Directors on March 19 when it voted to shutter the company, Board President Carol Lazier was not singing a farewell aria in her press conference Monday (May 19) in the plaza in front of Civic Theatre where she jubilantly announced the reversal of the Board’s March decision to terminate the company and the raising of $2,116,376 of new money to support the 2015 season . . .
We know the end of a San Diego Symphony season is approaching when audience attire takes a decidedly casual turn and Music Director Jahja Ling pulls out the barnburner Russian piano concertos. Friday (May 16) Ling offered Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto in D Minor featuring the young Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein. . .