It’s been in the national conscience for decades, along with its vigorously implied indictment of anti-Semitism — but even so, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is subject to the foibles traceable to misinterpretation. The current Broadway San Diego entry serves as a point of fact.
Cristian Măcelaru returned Friday, May 24, 2019, to lead the San Diego Symphony in its final program of the 2018-2019 season: traditional repertory such as Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, as well as a new work by the American composer Sean Shepherd.
“There’s nothing like performing to live music of this caliber. I like it so much, because musicians and dancers interact on stage…”
The danger of amplifying tappers’ footfalls, especially with up to eight dancers onstage, is that if anyone goes a hair off-beat or doesn’t tap cleanly, it’s exposed. Dorrance and her seven dancers nailed it, whether in tight unison or doing a counterpoint like a downpour of sound—a downpour in which you can hear individual raindrops, they’re that precise.
Gemma New’s impressive debut on the podium of the San Diego Symphony Saturday, May 18, in Copley Symphony Hall made the over programmed Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony sound fresh and engaging, and Michael Barenboim opened us up to the pleasures of Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A Minor.
Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a timeless classic, but only to a point — its scrums on love and marriage take a back seat to the institutions themselves. In its current turn, Cygnet Theatre transgresses this; the result is a less-than-standard effort.