Carlsbad Music Festival’s Magic

By Ken Herman | September 24, 2012 |
Andy Akiho & Friends

While a rallying cry of  “the cutting edge artistic innovation” is generally received as a warning to traditionally-minded music audiences, the Carlsbad Music Festival has managed to make this premise surprisingly audience friendly. A pair of festival concerts on Saturday (Sept. 22) afternoon—Andy Akiho and Friends and the choral ensemble Sacra/Profana—demonstrated how this festival makes…

Pianist Timothy Andres’ Insight and Virtuosity

By Ken Herman | September 22, 2012 |
Pianist Timothy Andres (photo courtesy of Ming)

Rarely does a formidable program of new music leave the listener eager for more. But Timothy Andres’ Saturday (Sept. 22) afternoon recital at the Carlsbad Music Festival made me want to hear a lot more of this astute 27-year-old pianist and composer. In a cunning juxtaposition of  four substantial, recent piano compositions with four concise…

When Looking Different Was a Crime

By Welton Jones | September 20, 2012 |
The Kimura Family of Salinas

In the earliest days of World War II, it became illegal on the West Coast to look Japanese and 120,000 people were locked up in concentration camps for the duration of the war. A new musical – ALLEGIANCE – at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre tells the story.

Contemporary Pippin Performs Well But Casts No Spell

By Bill Eadie | September 16, 2012 |
Wendy Maples

The opening number of Pippin, Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hinson’s 1970s-era musical, is titled “Magic To Do.” Invoking magic in the opening number sets a high bar to jump, and Diversionary Theatre’s production, while solid, doesn’t rise to the level of magic. It has become fashionable to re-think Pippin, whose score by the composer…

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