Arts and Music
Love & Murder is the second collaboration between Malashock Dance and UCSD-TV, following 2003's Emmy-winning The Soul of Saturday Night. Love & Murder is a unique dance film about life and lifelessness - a sort of cheerfully deranged Canterbury Tales told by the most unreliable narrators imaginable. Set to five songs by the incomparable Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Love & Murder is an exhilarating, seriocomic peek into the minds of those who dangerously blur the line between fantasy and reality.
La Jolla Symphony presents a concert that is resplendent with many orchestral colors and shadings. The program includes Bernstein's sassy Candide Overture and Mahler's monumental First Symphony, and features a multimedia presentation of Scriabin's rarely performed Prometheus.
Under the direction of conductor Steven Schick, the Symphony performs the world premiere of Mark Applebaum's Concerto for Florist & Orchestra, featuring the horticultural stylings of floral designer/performance artist James DelPrince.
John Malashock teams with renowned pianist Gustavo Romero for an intimate music and dance collaboration to piano suites by Czech composer Leos Janacek. The beautiful and emotional selections are a perfect pairing for Malashock's choreographic short stories. Also on the program is a re-staging of "Fathom: The Body as Universe," Malashock's successful 2006 collaboration with Japanese artist Junko Chodos and composer Ariel Blumenthal.
Malashock Dance and SACRA/PROFANA, in partnership with UC San Diego Department of Theater & Dance, present SNAKESKIN; an evening-length dance drama told through live folk-rock songs, instrumental music, and breathtaking choreography. Composer Krishan Oberoi and choreographer John Malashock explore timeless themes through a mythic story set in a small Southern town. Watch the journey unfold as uniquely flawed characters navigate feelings of isolation that lead to the discovery of intimacy and human connection.
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents a multimedia concert. The first half offers GOTHAM, a 2004 joint production by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon. Using archival footage of New York City, Gotham combines film, projectors, lighting, and the orchestra to create a haunting impression of that city. Stravinsky's opulent PERSEPHONE, which the composer described as a "melodrama," sets a text by André Gide that tells of the descent of the goddess Persephone into the underworld and her return. For this presentation the Symphony is joined by the Lux Boreal Dance Company, a narrator, a tenor soloist, and a children's choir.
San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett hosts beloved opera legend Frederica von Stade in a lively discussion about her career, and in particular her long-standing collaboration with composer Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick. In addition to performing Heggie's songs, Von Stade starred in his operas Three Decembers and Great Scott.