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.

Ohlsson Triumphs in Tchaikovsky Second Piano Concerto

By Ken Herman | October 13, 2012 |
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson (photo by Philip Jones Griffiths

After the San Diego Symphony’s opening weekend piano concerto marathon with Lang Lang—he played Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto last Friday and Sunday and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto on Satruday—it seemed like too much of a good thing to invite Garrick Ohlsson to solo in Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto in G Major the following weekend. But, as Mae West once pronounced with near Papal authority: too much of a good thing can be wonderful! On Friday (October 12) at Copley Symphony Hall, both Ohlsson and the rarely played Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto In G Major were indeed wonderful. Ohlsson, a bear of a…

Art of Élan: Leave It to Biber!

By Ken Herman | October 10, 2012 |
Demarre McGill & Kate Hatmaker (Photo ©2010 Darin Fong Photography)

Kate Hatmaker and Demarre McGill, the lively spirits who design the chamber music series Art of Élan, have the corner on high concept program design. Their new season “in your dreams” opened Tuesday (October 9) at the San Diego Museum of Art with a program titled “transfiguration.” (And, yes, they favor the T. S. Eliot lowercase affectation.) But “transfiguration” is clearly on the high end of high concept notions, and its classical musical repertory is not extensive. There are essentially three choices: Richard Strauss’ massive orchestral tone poem “Death and Transfiguration”; Olivier Messaien’s large choral work “The Transfiguration of Our…

Catalina Maynard a Powerhouse in ion’s Julia

By Bill Eadie | October 7, 2012 |

ion Theatre’s Claudio Raygoza has created Julia, a world premiere version of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. His creation contains a cup of its original author, two cups of Tennessee Williams, and a pinch of Mexican telenovelas. And, in his title character he’s given company stalwart Catalina Maynard a bitch-goddess role worthy of her considerable talents.

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