What’s Goin On March 2018by Eileen Sondak February 26, 2018
San Diego Theaters presents the Ten Tenors at the Balboa Theater on March 10.
Bodhi Tree Concerts
Bodhi Tree Concerts presents the Rob Thorsen Jazz Trio on March 3 at St. James by the Sea in La Jolla.
City Ballet is preparing to dance three performances of “Giselle” – accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra – the weekend of March 9 – 11. The classic ballet is part of City’s 25th anniversary season at the Spreckels Theater.
Cygnet Theatre has a treat in store for aficionados of Stephen Sondheim’s work. The company (directed by Sean Murray) will stage “A Little Night Music” on its Old Town stage March 7 through April 22. This little gem was one of the first successes for Cygnet, and it promises to be a delightful addition to the local theater scene.
JCompany’s Youth Theater will bring Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to life on its stage at the La Jolla JCC March 2 – 18. Based on the film, the show abounds with wonderful songs to complement its storybook theme.
Coronado Playhouse is ready to tackle “King Charles III,” described as “a family feud of majestic proportions.” This unique fable about the English royals suggests that Prince Charles (after waiting a lifetime for Queen Elizabeth to die) is finally preparing to ascend to the throne. According to this play, Prince William, his wife Kate, and Prince Harry might have something to say about that. The fascinating piece will be performed March 23 through April 22, if you care to join in on the speculation.
La Jolla Music Society
La Jolla Music Society is starting the month off on March 1 at the Balboa Theatre with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in his debut San Diego performance. The society’s Winterfest Gala is slated for March 3 at Symphony Hall and the University Club. Pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma are the superstars performing at the annual fundraiser. Herbie Hancock, a true icon of modern music, will jazz it up at the Balboa on March 7, followed on March 16 at Symphony Hall with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Joshua Bell is music director and violin soloist. They will perform works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven, along with a Violin Concerto by Wieniawski. “Schubert’s Swan Song I” is headed for Qualcomm Hall on March 24. “Schubertiade I” will be ensconced at the Kinsella Library on March 25.
La Jolla Playhouse
The La Jolla Playhouse is featuring a timely new work, titled “The Cake,” at the Potiker Theater. The play, which is set to close on March 4, depicts both sides of a challenging national issue – one that argues religious freedom against human rights.
They will also present four public performances of “Home of the Brave,” a production that has been touring schools for weeks. This world premiere will be ensconced at the Play Development Center March 10 – 11.
Lamb’s Players Theatre
The Lamb’s Players are offering an exciting San Diego premiere on their Coronado stage through March 25. “Camping with Henry & Tom” is about a camping trip that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison took in 1921 – along with the President of the United States. The play is funny, suspenseful, and relevant. It was penned by the author of “Freud’s Last Session,” so it should be intriguing.
The Old Globe’s White Theater is basking in the glow of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” which returned to San Diego in a new translation (commissioned by the Globe and directed by Richard Nelson). This incarnation promises to be an exhilarating portrayal of the classic tale about a celebrated professor and the niece who struggles to care for his estate. “Uncle Vanya” is always a must-see for serious theatergoers, but it won’t stick around past March 11.
The Globe’s Main Stage continues to showcase another classic – “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a diabolically clever comedy by Oscar Wilde. The play is rich in whimsical wordplay and hilarious situations guaranteed to keep audiences in stitches. If flighty ingénues, scheming bachelors and British dowagers are your cup of tea, “Earnest” will fill the bill. It has been called “the most perfect comedy in the English language,” and it’s hard to dispute that claim. The show winds down on March 4, but is followed on March 23 by “American Mariachi.” This heartwarming and hilarious world premiere comedy is about an all-girl mariachi band back in the 1970s. With infectious live music to propel the plot, this vibrant comedy should be a lot of fun. It runs through April 29.
North Coast Rep
North Coast Repertory Theater will continue to show off the West Coast premiere of Steven Dietz’s “This Random World,” a comedy that explores what it is to love, to lose, and be touched by the serendipity of life. David Ellenstein directs this humorous and bittersweet play, which will stay on at NCR’s Solana Beach home through March 18.
San Diego Opera
The San Diego Opera is back at the Civic Theater through March 7, with a production of Puccini’s “Turandot,” a masterpiece that embodies everything an opera-buff could hope to expect from this rich and powerful art form. The company is ready to unwrap another opera at the Civic on March 17. “Florencia en el Amazonas” – by Mexican composer Daniel Catan – will be performed by an all-Spanish speaking cast through March 25. The story revolves around a fictional opera singer and her voyage of discovery during a trek down the Amazon.
San Diego Symphony
The San Diego Symphony starts the month off at TSRI on March 6, when Symphony musicians perform an intimate evening featuring the marvelous music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. Bach and Mahler are on tap for March 9 & 11, with conductor Edo de Waart leading the orchestra and Jeff Thayer performing Bach’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor.” The Manhattan Transfer will hold the fort on March 10, with their brand of innovative vocalizations and harmonies.
“Metropolis” (circa 1927) is headed to Symphony Hall on March 17, as part of the Fox Film Series. Russ Peck will be accompanying the movie on the organ. “Tchaikovsky Deconstructed” is the concert slated for March 18, with Sameer Patel on the podium. With the help of young actors from San Diego Junior Theater, the program will explore the creative process behind the great 1812 Overture. “Chick Corea with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra” is a special concert coming this way on March 24. Corea is at the cutting edge of the art form and should be a bonanza for jazz enthusiasts.
San Diego Repertory Theater
San Diego Repertory Theater is bringing “Beachtown” to its Lyceum Space March 22 through April 15. This interactive event invites audiences to voice their opinion, debate vigorously and vote proudly at a one-of-a-kind theatrical event – based on the premise of deciding what will go into a Time Capsule in the town of Beachtown. Sam Woodhouse is directing this unique piece.
Birch Aquarium is featuring “Hall of Fishes,” which is unlike any other exhibition in the history of the aquarium. It also serves as a working laboratory. Birch also has an installation on light by scientist Michael Latz, and an exhibition that helps you understand Scripps’ expeditions to discover and protect the planet. “Expedition at Sea” immerses you in the experience of life and work aboard the Sally Ride research vessel. It includes a 33-foot long projected triptych and hands-on learning opportunities. The newest exhibition at the Birch is “Research in Action: 100 Island Challenge,” an exhibit that explores the way reefs are adapting to our rapidly changing planet.
Mingei International Museum
Mingei International Museum is showcasing “Kantha – Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal,” through March 25. “Weaving a Path – Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos” will be on display through May 28. The exhibition includes rugs and blankets. Mingei is ready to unveil “Voluminous Art – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries” on March 10. This collaboration will feature masterworks of book arts, and will remain at the museum through Sept. 3.