On Tuesday (January 31) , Art of Élan premiered Ljova’s Clarinet Quintet in their concert at the San Diego Museum of Art, a program that included works by the contemporary Missy Mazzoli and British 20th-century composer Arnold Bax . . .
As a coda to its month-long festival of American music, the San Diego Symphony offered an engaging Charles Ives tribute on January 28 that included a performance of his Second Symphony and a multimedia dramatic presentation about Ives created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra . . .
The young American conductor James Gaffigan led the San Diego Symphony in a delicious, eclectic program Friday (January 27), featuring Samuel Barber’s turbulent neo-Romantic First Symphony, Steven Stuckey’s radiant 2008 “Rhapsodies,” and Morton Gould’s euphoric “Tap Dance Concerto” . . .
The PKF-Prague Philharmonic brought its traditional all-Czech program to the Jacobs Music Center Wednesday (January 25), showing off its muscular, propulsive style and mellow Central European sound . . .
Following a matinee performance of Bad Jews at the Cygnet Theatre, an audience member said something along the lines of “I could have seen that show for free in my own house.” That should be an indication of how close to home Joshua Harmon’s script is hitting for some theatregoers.