The Old Globe Theatre and San Diego Symphony 2017-18 Season Announcements

May 19, 2017
 

 

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The Old Globe has announced its 2017–2018 Season, which will kick off with the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Based on the beloved 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Lesley McNeil, this delightfully offbeat romantic comedy follows auto mechanic Benny and his eccentric sister Joon, whose lives are turned upside down by new housemate Sam and his off-kilter take on the world. Directed by Jack Cummings III, Benny & Joon will run September 7 – October 22, 2017.

Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel A Thousand Splendid Suns will come to life as a play in a sweeping and deeply moving adaptation by Ursula Rani Sarma. In the war-torn neighborhoods of 1990s Kabul, beautiful Laila forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her new husband’s first wife. Summoning the strength to defy a tyrannical society, the two women seek hope and the promise of a better future. Directed by Carey Perloff and in association with American Conservatory Theater, A Thousand Splendid Suns will play at the Globe May 12 – June 17, 2018.

The world premiere of The Wanderers brings playwright Anna Ziegler back to The Old Globe following the success of The Last Match in 2016. Ziegler’s funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama, commissioned by the Globe and developed in this year’s Powers New Voices Festival, explores the hidden connections between two seemingly disparate couples, drawing audiences into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love. The Wanderers will be directed by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and will run April 5 – May 6, 2018.

A second world premiere play, José Cruz González’s American Mariachi, will take audiences back to the 1970s as two spunky cousins get a wild idea: start an all-girl mariachi band! Directed by Globe favorite and San Diego native James Vásquez (Rich Girl, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) and in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, this heartwarming and hilarious comedy with live music will run March 23 – April 29, 2018.

Karen Zacarías’s Native Gardens was developed in the 2017 Powers New Voices Festival and will return next season to make its West Coast premiere. Young power couple Pablo and Tania get their piece of the American dream when they purchase an upscale house, but a disagreement with their next-door neighbors over a property line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, and gardening. Edward Torres (the Globe’s Water by the Spoonful) directs this uproarious new comedy, playing May 26 – June 24, 2018.

Two top-notch revivals of world classics will take to the Globe’s stages, starting with Oscar Wilde’s endlessly entertaining comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. When two carefree bachelors with double lives discover the truth and decide to cause some mischief, silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history. Maria Aitken will direct the play the London Telegraph calls “the most perfect comedy in the English language.” The Importance of Being Earnest will run January 27 – March 4, 2018.

The Globe will also mount Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece Uncle Vanya, which has received a Globe-commissioned world premiere translation from Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky. Vanya and his niece struggle to care for the estate owned by his brother-in-law, a wealthy and celebrated professor. When this local legend announces his plans to sell the estate, the lives of the entire family come undone. Directed by Nelson, Uncle Vanya provides an up-close encounter with a classic of world drama. It will play February 10 – March 11, 2018.

Acclaimed actor and playwright James Lecesne will share his tour-de-force one-man show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, with Globe audiences. Looking to get out from behind his desk, brash New Jersey detective Chuck DeSantis takes on the case of missing teenager Leonard Pelkey, and as he digs deeper into the boy’s life, Chuck follows clues that lead him to unexpected places. In the course of the play, Lecesne effortlessly brings to life the inhabitants of a colorful seaside town as they awaken to the beauty of being different. Tony Speciale directs this thoroughly entertaining new play, which will run September 30 – October 29, 2017.

Everyone’s favorite Green Meanie is back as Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! returns to the Globe for its 20th annual production. James Vásquez once again directs this wonderful, whimsical holiday musical, based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book, November 4 – December 24, 2017. As in years past, The Grinch will also be performed on Saturday, December 9 for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.

And no Globe season would be complete without William Shakespeare. The fourth annual Globe for All Tour will bring a free professional production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Jerry Ruiz, to diverse, multigenerational audiences across San Diego County who do not have regular access to the performing arts. Over the past three years, the Globe for All Tour has performed in military bases, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other community venues for more than 4,800 audience members, many seeing theatre—and Shakespeare—for the first time. This year’s 20-stop tour, which will culminate in two low-cost performances at The Old Globe, will run October 31 – November 18, 2017.

The illustrious The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program will present Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, directed by San Diego’s own Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (the Globe’s Skeleton Crew). It will run November 11 – November 19, 2017. A joint venture of the Globe and USD, the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program trains seven select students in an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theatre. Private funding for the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation.

And next summer, the Globe will introduce Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax to San Diego audiences. As previously announced, The Old Globe and Children’s Theatre Company, in partnership with The Old Vic, will present the show’s U.S. premiere, based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, adapted for the stage by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, and directed by Max Webster. The silky soft tufts of the Truffula trees are the perfect stuffs to knit the perfect Thneeds. But the first chop, chop of the perilous ax begins the powerful tale of The Lorax. When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhymes! Originally produced at The Old Vic theatre in London, where it was directed by Webster, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax includes puppet design by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, famous for their Tony Award-winning War Horse puppetry design, and choreography by Drew McOnie. Performances will run July 3 – August 12, 2018 as part of the Globe’s 2018 Summer Season.

“Our 2017–2018 Season is as varied and exciting as any I’ve had the privilege to present,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The lineup includes everything that makes The Old Globe one of this country’s preeminent theatres: Broadway-caliber musical theatre, sumptuously produced classics, and powerful and innovative world premieres, all created by artists who are working at the very top-rank of the contemporary American and international theatre. It’s also a diverse season, in every sense. There are comedies and dramas, familiar and also brand-new forms. And it represents a broad range of cultural perspectives, modeling on our stages the pluralistic America in which we live. This season of work embodies the values of transformation, inclusion, and excellence that are central to the Globe’s mission. Each show provides a sparkling, fun, engaging, and vibrant evening of great theatre, offering something for every San Diegan. I can’t wait to bring this bounty and variety to our audience.”

San Diego Symphony 2017-18

JACOBS MASTERWORKS 2017-2018 SEASON

FRI OCT 6 | SAT OCT 7
THE HERO’S LIFE

Edo de Waart, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
WAGNER: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 2
R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben

FRI OCT 27 | SUN OCT 29
ROMANCE, MYSTERY, MARSALIS

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin
BIZET: Carmen Suite No. 1
WYNTON MARSALIS: Violin Concerto
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade

SAT NOV 11 | SUN NOV 12
FABULOUS FRANCE

Johannes Debus, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano
RAMEAU: Selections from Les Indes Galantes
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major
FAURÉ: Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
DEBUSSY: Iberia

FRI NOV 17 | SAT NOV 18 | SUN NOV 19
MOZART’S REQUIEM

Markus Stenz, conductor
HAYDN: Symphony No. 103: Drum Roll
MOZART: Requiem
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Colin Balzer, tenor
Adam Lau, bass

FRI DEC 1 | SAT DEC 2
CHOPIN AND DVOŘÁK

David Danzmayr, conductor
George Li, piano
BACEWICZ: Overture for Orchestra
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8

SAT DEC 9 | SUN DEC 10
WINTER DAYDREAMS

Johannes Debus, conductor
Rose Lombardo, flute
Julie Phillips, harp
HUMPERDINCK: Prelude to Hansel and Gretel
MOZART: Concerto for Flute and Harp
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1: Winter Daydreams

SAT JAN 13 | SUN JAN 14
FASCINATING RHYTHM

Rafael Payare, conductor
Steven Schick, percussion
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture
ROBERTO SIERRA: Con Madera, Metal y Cuero (Percussion Concerto)
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5

SAT JAN 20 | SUN JAN 21
PLACES IN TIME

Jader Bignamini, conductor
ROSSINI: Overture to William Tell

MARTUCCI: Notturno

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio espagnole
RESPIGHI: La Boutique fantasque: Suite
RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

FRI JAN 26 | SUN JAN 28
STORIES IN TIME

Steven Schick, conductor
Aiyun Huang, percussion

Percussionists of the San Diego Symphony
RAVEL: Mother Goose Suite
TAKEMITSU: From me flows what you call Time
MAZZOLLI: River Rouge Transfiguration
BARTÓK: Miraculous Mandarin Suite

FRI FEB 2 | SAT FEB 3
ZUKERMAN PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor/violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: “Melodie” from Souvenir d’un lieu cher
TCHAIKOVSKY: Sérénade mélancolique
TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade for Strings
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4: Italian

FRI FEB 9
BEYOND THE SCORE: ISLE OF THE DEAD

Sameer Patel, conductor
RACHMANINOFF: Isle of the Dead
*Beyond The Score*

SAT FEB 10 | SUN FEB 11
PRELUDES AND PREMIERE

Sameer Patel, conductor; Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
LISZT: Les préludes
Adam SCHOENBERG: Violin Concerto (World Premiere)
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5

FRI MAR 9 | SUN MAR 11
BACH AND MAHLER

Edo de Waart, conductor; Jeff Thayer, violin
BACH: Violin Concerto in A minor
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1

FRI APR 6 | SAT APR 7
ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor; Andrei Ioniţă, cello
DEBUSSY: Jeux
ELGAR: Cello Concerto
KODÁLY: Concerto for Orchestra
ENESCU: Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1

FRI APR 13 | SAT APR 14
JEFFREY KAHANE PLAYS MOZART

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/piano
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595
BARBER: Music for a Scene from Shelley
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3: Rhenish

SUN APR 15
BEYOND THE SCORE: MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 27

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/piano
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595
*Beyond The Score*

FRI APR 20 | SAT APR 21 | SUN APR 22
RACH 3

Jahja Ling, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
BERNSTEIN: “Times Square Ballet” from On the Town
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5

FRI MAY 4 | SUN MAY 6
DANCES, SUITES AND SERENADES

Fabien Gabel, conductor; Simone Lamsma, violin
BERNSTEIN: Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
BERNSTEIN: Serenade for Violin and Orchestra
R. STRAUSS: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
OFFENBACH: Suite from Gaîté Parisienne

FRI MAY 11 | SAT MAY 12 | SUN MAY 13
BARBER, BERNSTEIN, BEETHOVEN

Jahja Ling, conductor
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Martin Helmchen, piano
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
BERNSTEIN: Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5: Emperor

FRI MAY 25 | SAT MAY 26 | SUN MAY 27
SEASON FINALE WITH EDO DE WAART

Edo de Waart, conductor
Christina and Michelle Naughton, duo piano
BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
POULENC: Concerto for Two Pianos
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

JAZZ @ THE JACOBS 2017-2018 SEASON

SAT | NOV 25 | 8pm

THE FIRST LADY OF SONG: AN ELLA FITZGERALD TRIBUTE

The Great American Songbook had few interpreters with more grace, style and vocal excellence than the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald. The Jazz @ The Jacobs season opens with a tribute to the First Lady of Song in her Centennial year and features her favorite accompanist in her later years, pianist Mike Wofford.

SAT | JAN 27 | 8pm

THE ROOTS OF RHYTHM

As part of the January “It’s About Time” festival, this concert will explore the origins and evolution of the various rhythmic styles that made their way from all over the world to America, becoming part of the modern jazz idiom. John Santos, one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today (as both musician and historian), will survey jazz’s “root system” by way of his remarkable personal collection of percussion instruments in performance with several special guests.

SAT | FEB 24 | 8pm

AFFINITY: A RAY BROWN AND OSCAR PETERSON TRIBUTE

From 1951 to 1966, bassist Ray Brown and pianist Oscar Peterson were partners in the Oscar Peterson Trio, recording some of the most exciting and beloved jazz music of that era. This concert catches the spirit of this famous and fruitful collaboration with some of today’s finest keyboard and string bass artists. Our special guest will be bassist John Clayton, considered Ray Brown’s main protégé and legacy-keeper, who performs on Mr. Brown’s bass.

SAT | MAR 24 | 8pm

JAZZ @ THE JACOBS SPECIAL:

CHICK COREA WITH THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA

One of the major jazz piano voices of the last fifty years, Chick Corea, comes to Copley Symphony Hall with the world-famous Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a one-night-only special concert. From his avant garde early work with Miles Davis to later explorations of free jazz, jazz fusion and contemporary classical music, Chick Corea remains at the cutting edge of the art form.

SAT | APR 28 | 8pm

KIND OF BLUE – IN CONCERT

Miles Davis released his classic Kind of Blue album in 1959; it subsequently became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time and changed the possibilities of jazz forever. Jazz @ The Jacobs Series Curator Gilbert Castellanos will present a live performance of every track of Kind of Blue in collaboration with some of today’s hottest young jazz artists.

2017-2018 CITY LIGHTS

SAT | NOV 4 | 8pm (SPECIAL)

DAY OF THE DEAD CONCERT WITH EUGENIA LEÓN*

SAT | DEC 16 | 8pm (subscribers)

FRI | DEC 22 | 8pm

SAT | DEC 23 | 2pm & 8pm

NOEL NOEL

Sameer Patel, conductor

SAT | MAR 10 | 8pm

MANHATTAN TRANSFER*

FRI | APR 27 | 8pm

MARC BROUSSARD AND FRIENDS*

THU| MAY 24 | 7:30pm  (SPECIAL)

AUDRA MCDONALD

Conductor TBD

*San Diego Symphony musicians do not appear in these performances

2017-2018 FAMILY CONCERTS

SUN | OCT 15 | 2pm

1001 SYMPHONIC TALES

Sameer Patel, conductor

Every story is better with music! Come dive into the wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventure-filled masterpiece Scheherazade and discover how a composer can conjure exotic worlds using just a few magical musical seeds.

SUN | DEC 17 | 2pm

NOEL NOEL – A FAMILY CONCERT

Sameer Patel, conductor

Who doesn’t love holiday music? Gathering together as a family, listening to timeless classics and singing along to your favorite carols is a traditional everyone enjoys!  In one short afternoon concert, you’ll see and hear the Symphony…and maybe even a certain jolly North Pole resident!

SUN | FEB 25 | 2pm

BEAT QUEST! A Musical Journey through Rhythm, Time and Place

Sameer Patel, conductor

Music is a passport that can take our imagination to a certain time and place. From swingin’ jazz, to the Habanera from Carmen, to Beethoven’s symphonies, we’ll explore how these beats came to be, and how distinctive rhythms transport us to cities like Vienna, Seville and New Orleans.

SUN | MAR 25 | 2pm

TCHAIKOVSKY DECONSTRUCTED

Sameer Patel, conductor

Melodies. Cannons. Fireworks. Lots of people recognize the famous 1812 Overture, but few know the story behind it. What inspired Tchaikovsky to write this piece? With the help of actors from San Diego Junior Theatre, we’ll look at the creative process, take this piece apart and put it back together to discover how this Russian composer built a masterpiece for all time.

2017-2018 FOX THEATRE FILM SERIES

SAT | OCT 28 | 8pm

Ratatouille

For the first time ever, Disney and Pixar release their Academy Award winning film Ratatouille in high-definition on the big screen while the beloved score by composer Michael Giacchino is performed live by symphony orchestra.-up boy, Linguini. In a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside-down, Remy achieves his dream with his pal Linguini.
This live orchestra event is an experience to savor as the movie cooks up delectable moments again and again.Presentation licensed by Walt Disney Music Company, Pixar Talking Pictures, Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc., and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Non-Theatrical © All rights reserved

SUN | DEC 3 | 2pm

It’s A Wonderful Life

Experience one of the most cherished holiday movies of all time like you’ve never seen it before: It’s a Wonderful Life — in Concert. You know the story: struggling Bedford Falls hero George Bailey discovers, through the timely intervention of his Guardian Angel Clarence on Christmas Eve, that he’s the “richest man in town.” Now this timeless classic will be accompanied by the San Diego Symphony performing Dmitri Tiomkin’s richly sentimental score LIVE.

FRI | FEB 16 | 8pm (subscriber night)

SUN | FEB 18 | 2pm

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ — in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. Get ready to encounter a Dementor™, ride the Knight Bus™ and discover just who Sirius Black™ really is!

HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

SAT | MAR 17 | 8pm

Metropolis (1927): Silent Film with Organ Accompaniment

German expressionist director Fritz Lang’s colossal Silent Era sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis is more timely than ever, with its depiction of class struggle and the dangers of society’s servitude to technology. Organist Russ Peck accompanies this involving, dramatic work on the mighty Fox Theatre Pipe Organ. Film is free for Fox Theatre Film Series Subscribers.

SAT | MAY 19 | 8pm

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928): Silent Film with Ensemble Accompaniment

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is often cited as one of the most remarkable films ever made. Its series of mesmerizing close-ups and the yearning, hypnotic performance of Renée Jeanne Falconetti as Joan are simply unforgettable. The film’s sense of religious transcendence will be heightened by a unique collaboration with San Diego art music collective Luscious Noise, who will perform John Luther Adams’ stunning In the White Silence live as the film plays. Film is free for Fox Theatre Film Series Subscribers.

2017-2018 CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

SUN | OCT 8 | 2pm – JACOBS MUSIC CENTER

JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Enjoy an afternoon of pure Parisian style as pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet completes his opening weekend visit with this Chamber Music Series concert inside Copley Symphony Hall.

TUE | NOV 28 | 7:30pm – TSRI

CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY: SHUFFLE. PLAY. LISTEN.

Christopher O’Riley, piano

As the longtime host of NPR’s hugely popular From the Top series, Christopher O’Riley has stayed close to the freshest ideas and performances of today’s classical music world. His highly acclaimed recordings have featured works by everyone from Stravinsky and Piazzolla to Radiohead and Elliot Smith.

WED | DEC 20 | 7:30pm – JACOBS MUSIC CENTER

FANFARES AND CELEBRATIONS

As the heart of the holiday season approaches, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra will perform music with that special festive sparkle.

TUE | JAN 16 | 7:30pm – JACOBS MUSIC CENTER

A LISTENER’S GUIDE

Part of the “It’s About Time” festival, this concert will feature music that emphasizes touch, rhythm and the many intriguing sound textures available to our talented battery of San Diego Symphony percussion musicians.

TUE | FEB 13 | 7:30pm – TSRI

THE WORLD OF WU MAN

Wu Man, pipa

She chooses to live in San Diego County (lucky us!), but Wu Man’s fame and influence span the globe, with her numerous performances and commissions for her unique string instrument, the pipa, as well as her prominent participation in Yo-Yo Ma’s transcendent Silk Road Project as one of its founding members.

TUE | MAR 6 | 7:30pm – TSRI

J.S. BACH AND FRIENDS

Musicians of the San Diego Symphony invite you to an intimate evening at the Auditorium of TSRI featuring the sublime music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries.

TUE | APR 10 | 7:30pm – TSRI

ANDREI IONIȚĂ, ROMANIAN RHAPSODIST

Andrei Ioniță, cello

Andrei Ioniță is an emerging young cellist from Romania who won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in June 2015. He recently made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and has been engaged regularly by Valery Gergiev.

TUE | MAY 8 | 7:30pm – JACOBS MUSIC CENTER

BERNSTEIN AND BEETHOVEN WITH ORLI SHAHAM

Orli Shaham, piano

Pianist Orli Shaham, who has been acclaimed for her flawless technique, reflective grace and subtlety of touch, returns to the Chamber Music Series for our season finale, part of our month-long Bernstein Centennial celebration.

*San Diego Symphony musicians appear on each Chamber Music Program.

 

 

 

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