Friends who know me well will quickly attest that they have never heard me exclaim, “I am dying to hear another performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto!” However, after hearing pianist Conrad Tao’s spectacular performance of this popular work with the San Diego Symphony, Friday, November 2, I have been completely converted.

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Dance ruled at the San Diego Symphony’s concerts this weekend (March 18-20) with a powerful account of Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird” and the premiere of a Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Five Scenes” danced by seven members of Malashock Dance . . .

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