British Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor Makes Splendid Debut in Mozart Concerto with the San Diego Symphony

By Ken Herman | February 1, 2020 |

Friday’s San Diego Symphony concert devoted to the music of Mozart and Mendelssohn featured guest soloist Benjamin Grosvenor in a brilliant account of Mozart’s E-flat Major Piano Concerto, K. 271, and Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony (“Reformation”) under the baton of Jun Märkl.

Mezzo-Soprano Blythe Gaissert as Hansel Takes Cues from Young Sons Bringing ‘Hansel and Gretel’ to San Diego Opera’s Production of the Beloved Fairy Tale Opera

By Ken Herman | January 30, 2020 |

San Diegans impressed with the vocal and dramatic skills of mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert in San Diego Opera’s 2017 production of Laura Kaminsky’s challenging contemporary chamber opera As One should rejoice. Gaissert is back in town to sing the role of Hansel in the company’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1893 fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel that opens February 8 in the Civic Theatre.

Evocative, Transcendent Dance from Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater

By Janice Steinberg | January 30, 2020 |

A man sinks to his knees, one hand rising from his chest as if he’s pulling his heart out. It’s a beautifully evocative gesture in a dance filled with such images—“Crossroads,” a premiere by Terry Wilson that opened last weekend’s performance by Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater. It was one of Isaacs’ best-ever.

Fast and Imaginative ‘Red Bike’ is a Physically, Compelling Ride at MOXIE

By Kris Eitland | January 28, 2020 |

The bike is a vehicle that flies through stories like a magic carpet…flawless dialogue changes gears quickly, because that’s how the racing brain of a child works…

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