Mainly Mozart’s festival orchestra under the baton of maestro David Atherton sounded as sleek and sonically unified as we have come to expect from this cadre of first-chair players drawn from orchestras across North America. But it was the three stellar soloists, clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, who made us feel we were attending one of those chic European festivals nestled in an historic spa-town instead of a restored movie palace in downtown San Diego.
Sometimes, a play immediately sounds like it will be a success based on an intriguing concept. This is true with Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company’s production of “Extraordinary Chambers.” Sadly, a unique premise does not always result in a masterpiece.
New painting exhibitions at three La Jolla galleries are within easy walking distance from a single parking spot on Girard Avenue. R.B. Stevenson Gallery features a group show, Scott White Contemporary Art has a solo-show by San Diego artist Gail Roberts, and another solo-show at Quint Gallery features works by L.A.-based artist Mara De Luca.
San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival 2013 inaugurated its newest series, “Evolution: Celebrating Innovation,” with a program of chamber music from Mexico played in the stylish Abbey on Fifth Ave. in San Diego’s trendy Park West.
What a hoot it might be to see the La Jolla Playhouse do The Front Page, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s delicious newspaper valentine, with the company presently assembled for something called His Girl Friday. There would have to be some slight tweaking of the décor to move a decade back from 1939 and a couple of important casting fixes. Otherwise, though, this large, deep and fully engaged troupe, guided by the buoyant direction of Christopher Ashley, might well deliver a richly satisfying version of an American classic…