“Cinderella” was an inspired choice for Jared Nelson’s first evening-length work as artistic director of California Ballet. The ballet, which premiered last weekend, continues the company’s tradition of going with classics that have family appeal and can fill the Civic Theatre. And, like Cinderella shaking off the ashes and emerging as a princess, Nelson’s lively choreography and sense of fun promise to reinvigorate the 50-year-old company’s sometimes-musty repertory.
Tuesday, April 16, Art of Élan presented the New York City-based Brooklyn Rider ensemble with guest clarinetist Kinan Azmeh at the recently opened Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center’s JAI performance space in downtown La Jolla.
In addition to the Hausmann Quartet’s multi-year traversal of all the Joseph Haydn string quartets, the intrepid San Diego ensemble has annually presented during the season prior to Easter the composer’s string quartet version of his profound orchestral work “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” This year, Hausmann gave their concert Sunday, April 14, in the Luce Loft down in San Diego’s East Village.
Either by chance or some mysterious plan, world-class violinists have decided to zero in on San Diego this April. Last week, Midori played a recital at The Conrad in La Jolla, and next week, Gil Shaham will flex his musical muscles at The Conrad. Sunday, Joshua Bell returned to the Jacobs Music Center in downtown San Diego to play Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with the San Diego Symphony under its Laureate Director, Jahja Ling.
For Midori’s decidedly Gallic recital on Friday (April 12) at the newly opened Baker-Baum Concert Hall in La Jolla, she wisely enlisted French pianist Jean-Ives Thibaudet as her collaborator. For sonatas by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, and Georges Enescu, this was a match made in heaven.
As noted with vigor in the Old Globe’s ‘They Promised Her the Moon,’ it took a long time to establish women’s place in space. B ut it’s taking even longer to get back there significantly for us all.