In his Saturday (Dec. 7) program for the La Jolla Music Society, Haochen Zhang, gold medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, not only dazzled his audience with the bravura technical arsenal expected from a medalist, but invited his listeners into the interior emotional landscapes of works that others rush through solely to indulge their spectacle.
Neil LaBute is responsible for several acclaimed plays and films, such as In the Company of Men and The Shape of Things that are considered to be deep and uncomfortable explorations into the dark side of humanity.
Gleaned from interviews with real San Diego Mall Santas, Circle Circle dot dot’s BEARDED, a premiere that opened last night at the 10th Avenue Theatre, takes you behind the fake chimney for one day. Hilarious and heartwarming with a shot of zany, Bearded is a welcome pick-me-up in the world of holiday programming.
The San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Master Chorale brought a joyful and tasteful Beethoven's Ninth Symphony ( the "Choral Symphony") to the Jacobs Music Center Friday, Dec. 6 under the baton of the orchestra's Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur. Son of a famous German conductor, the highly skilled Ken-David Masur needs no coattails upon which to ride.
The classical music ensemble Camarada presented another concert in its new venue at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park Sunday, Dec. 1. Calling the program “Java Bach,” this Baroque chamber music program featured soprano arias from J. S. Bach’s humorous “Coffee Cantata” (Cantata No. 211) and a longish coffee bar intermission.