Mahler Fifth Symphony a Heady Journey

By Ken Herman | November 5, 2012 |
Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum (photo by J. Henry Fair)

Mention the name Gustav Mahler, and it’s hard not to think of resurrection. From his popular Second Symphony—titled the “Resurrection Symphony”—to the rebith of the composer’s musical reputation after World War II, this is a potent Mahler leitmotif. Hearing the San Diego Symphony under Music Director Jahja Ling perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony Saturday (Nov. 3), I thought about the local orchestra’s own resurrection. In the last decades of the 20th century, the San Diego Symphony lost several complete seasons while languishing in bankruptcy. With significant generous underwriting from Irwin and Joan Jacobs and the subsequent hiring of Ling as Music…

Renee Taylor & Joe Bologna Laugh It Up at the Welk

By Bill Eadie | November 4, 2012 |

It’s easy to like Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna. For one thing, they’re incredibly personable on stage. For another, they’re still obviously in love after 47 years of marriage. But, what seals the deal is that they’re funny – ranging from knowing-smile funny to chuckle funny, to laugh-out-loud funny, to guffaw funny. All of these kinds of funny are amply on display in the couple’s latest show, If Ever You Leave Me … I’m Going With You!, performing through November 11 at the Welk Resorts Theatre.

Thibaudet in La Jolla: Debussy Hot and Debussy Cool

By Ken Herman | November 3, 2012 |
Jean-Yves Thibaudet by Decca Kasskara

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s Debussy recital Friday (Nov. 2) at La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium was not for the timid or casual aesthete. His program was no sampler of Debussy’s greatest hits, but an elegant master class that probed the gamut of the composer’s idiom for his favored instrument. With consummate technical prowess and uncanny insight, Thibaudet conducted a riviting class that took us through the sometimes enigmatic Second Book of 12 Preludes, two suites—“Estampes” and “Suite Bergamasque”—and the exuberant tour de force “L’isle Joyeuse.” He devoted the recital’s first half to the Preludes, traversing all 12 without break or applause, except…

‘San Diego Dances on Broadway’ cut loose in the lobby

By Kris Eitland | October 30, 2012 |

Intrepid dance troupes are performing in non-traditional settings all over town.  One of the most ambitious, and thrifty, is The PGK Project, directed by Peter G. Kalivas (pronounced Kah-LEE-vahs). Kalivas’ roving dance series “San Diego Dances” started in a hair salon in Hillcrest, bounced to a rec center in Golden Hill, then a wine bar, and sports center.  Kalivas is not orchestrating site-specific works; rather his aim is to grow an audience without having to pay for performance space. The most recent iteration, called “San Diego Dances on Broadway,” drew crowds to the stately Spreckels Theatre lobby.  Smooth onyx walls…

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