Maybe Einstein and Picasso never met in a Parisian bistro as their careers were just begging, but Steve Martin had fun in the 1990s thinking about the potential impact on such a meeting on the 20th Century. In a revival of the play, Old Globe director Barry Edelstein does much to ignite the fantasy.
There are occasions at Copley Symphony Hall when everything goes right, and this weekend’s concerts with Israeli guest conductor Lahav Shani qualified with ease. The combination of a beautifully designed program with
Lang Lang’s return to the Jacobs Music Center on Sunday (February 5) was greeted with the expected fervid applause even before he and the San Diego Symphony delivered an equally passionate account of Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto . . .
The story about the mother and teenaged daughter who magically swap bodies has been around so long that the title sounds like antique slang but author Bridget Carpenter and songwriters Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have deftly shaped it into a fable for the ages and director Christopher Ashley imported it for the beginning of his second decade as artistic boss at L Jolla Playhouse.
Mainly Mozart patrons enjoyed duo-pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Christopher O’Riley in a rousing recital on Saturday (February 4) at La Jolla’s Auditorium at TSRI . . .