Guest conductor Edo de Waart’s delightful San Diego Symphony program balanced a tip of the hat to the Bernstein centennial—his evergreen “Candide” Overture—with Francis Poulenc’s show-stopping Concerto for Two Pianos featuring the effusive Naughton sisters and Johannes Brahms’ profound Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
In 1977, the “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo” organization was formed in Argentina to bring attention to abductions by the military dictatorship. The members’ daughters “disappeared,” after the military junta started a “Dirty War” targeted at the left-wing organizations fighting the government.
Sunday’s chilly, May gray afternoon provided appropriate weather in which to consider Franz Schubert’s and poet Wilhelm Müller’s wintry song cycle “Die Winterreise,” with its morbid musings over a lonely midwinter trek. Baritone Michael Sokol and pianist Nicolas Reveles did the honors in the downtown San Diego Public Library’s Neil Morgan Auditorium,
Your universe is as big, or as small, as you care to make it — after all, it’s your universe. ‘The Wind and the Breeze,’ Cygnet Theatre Company’s current entry, can’t quite decide between the dimensions, but its spirit and production values count for a lot.
The resilience of the human soul is sorely tested by the culture engulfing it in ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,’ a lyrical look at the horror of late 20th Century Afghanistan by Ursula Rani Sarma i at the Old Globe Theatre.
Sacra/Profana’s Associate Artistic Director Juan Carlos Acosta anchored the choral ensemble’s excellent program (given on May 19 & 20) with Canadian composer Larry Nickel’s secular cantata “When I Think of Bridges,” a U.S. premiere of the challenging 2007 work.