San Diego Arts Reviews

    San Diego Story

  • The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Holiday Banquet of New Music and Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’
    Because I enjoyed the Met’s recent HD live broadcast of Thomas Adès’ complex, brooding opera The Exterminating Angel, I felt I could not ignore the La Jolla Symphony’s performance of the composer’s Violin Concerto, Op. 23, “Concentric Paths,” at Mandeville Auditorium last weekend. Following his usual penchant for assembling inspired... Read more »
  • Johannes Debus Conducts Stirring Tchaikovsky First Symphony with the San Diego Symphony
    As we go deeper into the month of December, it becomes increasingly difficult not to see the subtitle “Cash Cow” inscribed beneath the titles of program offerings from so many of our performing arts organizations. I am happy to report, however, that this weekend’s excellent San Diego Symphony concert sagely... Read more »
  • Christmas Style Improv
    Cast members of Dickens UnScripted. (Photo courtesy of Impro Theatre.)North Coast Repertory Theatre, to celebrate the Christmas season, is presenting several holiday-themed events throughout December. Kicking things off this month is the Impro Theatre’s tribute to Charles Dickens, Dickens UnScripted. As the members of the improvisation company reside in Los... Read more »
  • Escaping From the Horrors of Humanity
    Cashae Monya. (Photos courtesy of Daren Scott.)The last six years have seen several acclaimed interpretations of Cabaret in San Diego County. Timeless subject matter, edgy content and unforgettable songs are just a few of the reasons why the 1966 musical continues to be staged often. Taking its inspiration from... Read more »
  • Keeping the Halloween Spirit Alive
    Bryan Banville, Tom Zohar and Kay McNellen. (Photos courtesy of Studio B Photo Productions.)Nothing says holiday-season counter-programming like having a Halloween musical in December. October 31 plays a very important role throughout Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company’s world premiere of Tarrytown. Adam Wachter’s script is a modern-day adaptation of Washington Irving’s... Read more »
  • A Tale of Two Orchestras
    David Danzmayr [photo courtesy of the San Diego Symphony]     Friday evening’s San Diego Symphony concert at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall pitted the young Austrian conductor David Danzmayr with the even younger piano virtuoso George Li and our local champions in a display of works from Central... Read more »
  • History Gets Short Shrift, But ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ Radiates Great Chemistry
    Folk and blues guitar legend Huddie William Ledbetter had one of those given names that rest irksomely on the tip of everybody’s tongue — mention his handle Lead Belly (bestowed by a brothel madam in a 1976 biopic), and the conversation immediately makes more sense. Ledbetter’s legacy features his... Read more »
  • Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks in ‘Some of a Thousand Words’ with LIVE Music by Brooklyn Rider 
    Wendy Whelan, the former New York City Ballet principal, performed Restless Creature in San Diego in 2015, and audiences were thrilled by four duets with and by contemporary choreographers. Her project included:  Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Brian Brooks.  After nearly three decades as a ballerina, Ms. Whelan told... Read more »
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: Art of Élan’s Latin American Voices
    Art of Élan’s superbly performed program of Latin American chamber music on Tuesday (November 21), deftly curated by Artistic Director Kate Hatmaker, sent me out of the San Diego Museum of Art elated. And as I contemplated San Diego Opera’s upcoming productions of Daniel Catán’s marvelous second opera Florencia en... Read more »
  • Diversionary’s ‘The Moors’ Raises Gothic Satire to Dizzying Heights
    What else is there to say—Diversionary’s Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow has another hit on his hands in Jen Silverman’s The Moors? This smartly acted, edge-of-your-seat production of a cheeky 2016 play may defy easy categorization, but it commandeers the audience on a wild ride through the environs of... Read more »

San Diego Arts Reviews

    San Diego Story

  • The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Holiday Banquet of New Music and Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’
    Because I enjoyed the Met’s recent HD live broadcast of Thomas Adès’ complex, brooding opera The Exterminating Angel, I felt I could not ignore the La Jolla Symphony’s performance of the composer’s Violin Concerto, Op. 23, “Concentric Paths,” at Mandeville Auditorium last weekend. Following his usual penchant for assembling inspired... Read more »
  • Johannes Debus Conducts Stirring Tchaikovsky First Symphony with the San Diego Symphony
    As we go deeper into the month of December, it becomes increasingly difficult not to see the subtitle “Cash Cow” inscribed beneath the titles of program offerings from so many of our performing arts organizations. I am happy to report, however, that this weekend’s excellent San Diego Symphony concert sagely... Read more »
  • Christmas Style Improv
    Cast members of Dickens UnScripted. (Photo courtesy of Impro Theatre.)North Coast Repertory Theatre, to celebrate the Christmas season, is presenting several holiday-themed events throughout December. Kicking things off this month is the Impro Theatre’s tribute to Charles Dickens, Dickens UnScripted. As the members of the improvisation company reside in Los... Read more »
  • Escaping From the Horrors of Humanity
    Cashae Monya. (Photos courtesy of Daren Scott.)The last six years have seen several acclaimed interpretations of Cabaret in San Diego County. Timeless subject matter, edgy content and unforgettable songs are just a few of the reasons why the 1966 musical continues to be staged often. Taking its inspiration from... Read more »
  • Keeping the Halloween Spirit Alive
    Bryan Banville, Tom Zohar and Kay McNellen. (Photos courtesy of Studio B Photo Productions.)Nothing says holiday-season counter-programming like having a Halloween musical in December. October 31 plays a very important role throughout Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company’s world premiere of Tarrytown. Adam Wachter’s script is a modern-day adaptation of Washington Irving’s... Read more »
  • A Tale of Two Orchestras
    David Danzmayr [photo courtesy of the San Diego Symphony]     Friday evening’s San Diego Symphony concert at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall pitted the young Austrian conductor David Danzmayr with the even younger piano virtuoso George Li and our local champions in a display of works from Central... Read more »
  • History Gets Short Shrift, But ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ Radiates Great Chemistry
    Folk and blues guitar legend Huddie William Ledbetter had one of those given names that rest irksomely on the tip of everybody’s tongue — mention his handle Lead Belly (bestowed by a brothel madam in a 1976 biopic), and the conversation immediately makes more sense. Ledbetter’s legacy features his... Read more »
  • Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks in ‘Some of a Thousand Words’ with LIVE Music by Brooklyn Rider 
    Wendy Whelan, the former New York City Ballet principal, performed Restless Creature in San Diego in 2015, and audiences were thrilled by four duets with and by contemporary choreographers. Her project included:  Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Brian Brooks.  After nearly three decades as a ballerina, Ms. Whelan told... Read more »
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: Art of Élan’s Latin American Voices
    Art of Élan’s superbly performed program of Latin American chamber music on Tuesday (November 21), deftly curated by Artistic Director Kate Hatmaker, sent me out of the San Diego Museum of Art elated. And as I contemplated San Diego Opera’s upcoming productions of Daniel Catán’s marvelous second opera Florencia en... Read more »
  • Diversionary’s ‘The Moors’ Raises Gothic Satire to Dizzying Heights
    What else is there to say—Diversionary’s Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow has another hit on his hands in Jen Silverman’s The Moors? This smartly acted, edge-of-your-seat production of a cheeky 2016 play may defy easy categorization, but it commandeers the audience on a wild ride through the environs of... Read more »