San Diego Symphony Soars in Brahms and Sibelius

By Ken Herman | October 27, 2012 |
Ray Chen (photo by Chris Dunlop)

In recent years, the San Diego Symphony has chosen most of its guest soloists with the same status conscious eye that upscale shoppers use at Nordstrom and Nieman Marcus. Pianists such as Lang Lang and Garrick Ohlsson (already heard this month) and violinists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham (we will hear them later in the symphony season) are the Gucci and Yves St. Laurent of the classical music world. Friday’s (Oct. 26) Symphony concert proved a welcome exception to this name brand penchant, featuring the 23-year-old Taiwanese violinist Ray Chen in the Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto. Winning first prize in…

Malashock/RAW3: Feel the sting up close

By Kris Eitland | October 23, 2012 |

  If viewers at Malashock/Raw3 sat any closer, we would be wiping sweat off our faces and asking John Malashock for an ice pack. The stripped-down series is back for its third installment, this time in the company’s studio at Dance Place, with three premieres about taking risks, fighting bullies, and an uncooperative universe, and all of them feature exciting partnering. Malashock’s  “Uneasy Surrender,” is the stunner.   The wild and wonderful composition for seven dancers has your eyes bouncing all over the place as dancers fight an unwinnable fight with the world. It opens with dancers in a line, whirling as…

Expanded ‘Afterlight’ grows dim

By Kris Eitland | October 17, 2012 |

Russell Maliphant’s original Afterlight – an enthralling 15-minute solo inspired by images of Nijinsky, and first presented to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes – was a huge hit at Sadler’s Wells, London, in 2010. In a new version, on view Thursday evening at Mandeville Auditorium, he retains that breathtaking solo, adds two lovely women, more hints of historic ballets, and lots of shadowy lighting. Sadly, the new material becomes flat and cannot compare to the hypnotic spell of the opening solo. Set to Erik Satie’s haunting “Gnossiennes 1-4,”eyes strain to see Thomasin Gülgeç in a dim pool…

Lamb’s Armchair Travelogue Leaps Off Stage

By Bill Eadie | October 14, 2012 |
Around the World in 80 Days featured

Jules Verne’s story, Around the World in 80 Days, has been dismissed as an adventure tale aimed at boys, but it has proven to hold appeal for audiences of all ages. That appeal continues as Lamb’s Players Theatre mounts the West Coast premiere of Laura Eason’s adaptation of the novel.

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