We know the end of the San Diego Symphony season is near when Music Director Jajha Ling brings out the Russian Romantic warhorses. This weekend’s program offered Tchaikovsky’s heart-on-the-sleeve Fourth Symphony and Olga Kern as the winning soloist in Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto.
The California legacy of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan included a moneyed class of staunch GOP regulars who ran Southern California from their estates in the posh neighborhoods of Beverley Hills, etc. When evolving political power marginalized them, many said “screw it” and moved to Palm Springs, etc.
A motherless child trades boxing for ballet – sigh. At first glance, the only thing missing from the uplifting production “Billy Elliot the Musical,” is a cuddly dog. It has all the right stuff: talented kids who can really sing, dance, and act, little tykes in tutus, a grizzled grandmother, and a lonely boy who overcomes …
After a significant absence from Art of Élan’s stage, the organization’s co-founder flutist Demarre McGill returned with some of the region’s finest chamber players for a concert that started with G. P. Telemann and ended with David Bruces’s 2011 octet “Steampunk.”
“Trust the process” is the theme of many successful projects. In the case of Chance Theater’s productions of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, that theme might be revised to read, “Trust the process; trust the text.”
“Piranesi, Rome, and the Arts of Design” is very much like “The Rocky Horror Show.” Like the musical’s pivotal gender bending mad genius character Frank ‘N’ Furter who continuously alters his persona, Giambattista Piranesi (1720-1778) was also a mad genius who perpetually had to alter his persona from architect to printer and an influential designer of the Rococo and Neoclassical periods to finally become an architectural historian.