The San Diego State University Symphony premiered composer Joseph Martin Waters’ “Suite Noir” Sunday (March 22) with soloists from the virtuoso avant-garde performance ensemble Swarmius at SDSU’s Montezuma Hall . . .

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Fans of Pinchas Zukerman should have been in seventh heaven Saturday (March 21) at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, hearing the maestro play two Beethoven violin sonatas on the first half of the program and conducting the San Diego Symphony in Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony on the second half . . .

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Playwright Luis Alfaro has bravely taken the story of Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus Rex’ and reimagined it in contemporary Southern California’s Chicano culture. His Oedipus is born not in Thebes but in Los Angeles, and instead of coming of age in the royal household of Corinth, he learns his trade in Kern County’s California State Prison . . .

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When composer John Adams chalked up the global success of his first opera ‘Nixon in China’ to beginner’s luck, it was easy to perceive his puckish humor taking charge. But mere luck clearly did not bring about the triumph of San Diego Opera’s extraordinary production of ‘Nixon in China’ that opened Saturday (March 14) at Civic Theatre . . .

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