Fresh. Vital. These are not words I expected to use for the Martha Graham Dance Company’s performance at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday. … What a happy surprise, then, to see the exciting show the Graham company did here, performed by dancers who seemed enraptured by this work.

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Alisa Weilerstein’s breathtaking recital of three J. S. Bach Cello Suites at The Conrad in La Jolla on Tuesday opened a new chapter for the San Diego Symphony. The orchestra has wisely moved its Chamber Music Series from various downtown locations to the Baker-Baum Concert Hall in the La Jolla Music Society’s acclaimed new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

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The performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group at Summerfest last week was like a loaf of artisan rye bread—dense, complex, chewy. The evening at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center was so packed with dance, music, and ideas, I would have like multiple viewings: once to focus on Morris’s choreography and brilliant movers, once for the world-renowned Summerfest musicians, and a third time to lose myself in the thrilling voice of countertenor John Holiday.

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