We haven’t seen the likes of Leonard Bernstein’s modern impact on music before him or since — Lenny could do it all, and he had no qualms about heralding music’s place in the human experience. ‘Maestro,’ currently on tap at San Diego Repertory Theatre, is local favorite Hershey Felder’s nod to the big man — even amid its topheavy qualities, it’s certainly a piece for the mind and heart.

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The audience streaming into the Balboa Theatre Friday night (September 5) may have been drawn to the duo recital presented by San Diego Opera because of soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, but this musical event also marked the rebirth of a major U.S. opera company . . .

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