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War Is Always With Us

By Welton Jones | August 20, 2012 |
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  It took humanity a while to figure out war. Archeologists dig up pits full of slaughtered families. Geneticists find some tribes flourished while others vanished. But this might be mere jostling. War didn’t hit the Big Time until it found its historian. Around the 6th Century B.C., somebody wrote down the ancient oral tales,…

A Harvest of New Music to Savor at SummerFest

By Ken Herman | August 11, 2012 |
Gabriel Kahane

While still a conservatory student, the young American composer Samuel Barber wrote “Dover Beach,” a substantial piece for string quartet and baritone soloist, which became a calling card for a musical career that soared quickly. Friday’s La Jolla SummerFest 2012 concert of commissions and premières opened with Gabriel Kahane’s “Come On All You Ghosts,” another…

Dancing Kicks It For The Altar Boyz

By Bill Eadie | August 11, 2012 |

The first thing you should know about Altar Boyz is that it’s fun.  The second thing you should know is that it’s fun.  The third thing you should know is that not much else matters. Noah Longton’s production at the Diversionary Cabaret (which means that the show is not an official Diversionary production and the…

Jazz Duo Wins Olympic Gold

By Ken Herman | August 9, 2012 |
Branford Marsalis (photo by Palma Kolansky)

  If you were searching for a convincing demonstration of that overused adage “less is more,” I would suggest a jazz performance by the exquisite duo of Branford Marsalis and Eric Revis. SummerFest 2012 presented the renowned saxophonist and bassist Wednesday (Aug. 8) on the second half of a program that opened with three pleasant…

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