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A Harvest of New Music to Savor at SummerFest

By Ken Herman | August 11, 2012 |
Gabriel Kahane

While still a conservatory student, the young American composer Samuel Barber wrote “Dover Beach,” a substantial piece for string quartet and baritone soloist, which became a calling card for a musical career that soared quickly. Friday’s La Jolla SummerFest 2012 concert of commissions and premières opened with Gabriel Kahane’s “Come On All You Ghosts,” another…

Dancing Kicks It For The Altar Boyz

By Bill Eadie | August 11, 2012 |

The first thing you should know about Altar Boyz is that it’s fun.  The second thing you should know is that it’s fun.  The third thing you should know is that not much else matters. Noah Longton’s production at the Diversionary Cabaret (which means that the show is not an official Diversionary production and the…

Jazz Duo Wins Olympic Gold

By Ken Herman | August 9, 2012 |
Branford Marsalis (photo by Palma Kolansky)

  If you were searching for a convincing demonstration of that overused adage “less is more,” I would suggest a jazz performance by the exquisite duo of Branford Marsalis and Eric Revis. SummerFest 2012 presented the renowned saxophonist and bassist Wednesday (Aug. 8) on the second half of a program that opened with three pleasant…

Tour of La Cage Worth Seeing Despite It All

By Bill Eadie | August 9, 2012 |

Producers Fran and Barry Weissler have made a lot of money doing what’s called “stunt casting.” They take an appealing show, front it with a “name” celebrity they think audiences would pay to see, surround the star with a cast that can sell the show, and then if the star bombs the rest of the…

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