Arts and Music
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus Jeffrey Thomas, conducting, with Arianna Zukerman, soprano; Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano; Steven Tharp, tenor; David Arnold, baritone, and alumni chorus. Verdi: Requiem.
Host Nicolas Reveles explores the creation and technique of Jules Massenet's lyrical opera Don Quixote, an adaptation of Cervantes' classic novel.
Presented as part of La Jolla Music Society's yearlong Chopin Bicentennial Celebration, this program highlights Chopin's significant contributions to the chamber music repertoire, including the Piano Trio in G Minor and Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano.
Rossini's riotous musical comedy is one of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire. San Diego Opera's colorful production features whimsical designs based on the style of Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte, including raining bowler hats.
Performance and purpose collide in this performance that illuminates the plight of the Pacific Islands. Scientists report the vulnerable coral atolls of Kiribati Tokelau and Tuvalu are already experiencing rising sea levels as result of global warming and climate change. Thirty-six dancers and musicians express their deep connection to nature and their ancestral past through multi-part harmonies, poetry, and gracious movement cascading over dynamic rhythms inspiring us all to be better stewards of our shared planet. Water is Rising harnesses the power of performance art in an impassioned plea for global awareness and social change.
A stellar cast of musicians, including Gilbert Castellano (trumpet), Brett Sanders (drums), and the Besos de Coco ensemble, demonstrate the influence of Jazz around the world.
"Water Passion" is a multicultural/multimedia oratorio, written by acclaimed Chinese composer Tan Dun to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of J.S. Bach, whose "St. Matthew Passion" provided the initial inspiration for this work. The music is a theatrical mix of water bowls, drums, strings, Tibetan bells, chants, digital sounds, Chinese opera and Tuvan throat singing, with a dash of jazz and postmodernism, all filtered through Tan Dun's adventurous sensibility.
In the debut episode of a 6-part series exploring what it means to be musical, renowned percussionist Steven Schick presents the origins and global development of percussion-based composition as a "physical art." The series is sponsored by the Making of the Modern World program at Eleanor Roosevelt College, UC San Diego.
Screenwriting duo, Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz bring down the house with hilarious inside Hollywood stories. In addition to 10 Things I Hate about You their other films include Legally Blonde, She's the Man, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth, and Ella Enchanted.
This must be a first: a classical music concert in Kashmir, the disputed border region between India and Pakistan. The renowned Indian conductor Zubin Mehta and the Bavarian State Orchestra performed what was meant as a concert for peace in the Shalimar Gardens of Srinagar, but only a select audience was admitted and the concert caused more discord than harmony.