A New Season in Full Swing

by Eileen Sondak | October 2011 | 1 Comment »

By Eileen Sondak

The sound of music will ring out in Symphony Hall this month, joining a full slate of theatrical offerings coming our way in October.

The Old Globe’s production of Richard O’Brien’s “Rocky Horror Show” launched the season on the Main Stage recently. This enduring musical phenomenon will continue to add to its cult following through Nov. 6.

“Somewhere,” a world premiere, infused with dance, tells the story of a family of dreamers whose home is headed for demolition. The show has made its home in the Globe’s White Theatre, where it will remain through Oct. 30. The outdoor Festival Stage will wind down its brief staging of “Odyssey,” a new work to celebrate the Globe’s 75th anniversary, Oct. 2.

The San Diego Symphony kicked off its winter season Sept. 30 with a program titled “Thibaudet Plays Ravel Concertos.” That concert, conducted by Jahja Ling, will be repeated Oct. 2. The most exciting event on this opening weekend will take place Oct. 1, when Maestro Ling conducts the symphony’s annual gala, starring Kathleen Battle and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. This stellar evening also includes pre- and post-concert activities.

A special event comes to Symphony Hall Oct. 2. It’s the National Acrobats of China, and they’re ready to deliver an eye-popping spectacle for audiences of all ages. “Zukerman Plays and Conducts” will entertain music lovers Oct. 14-16, with Pinchus Zuckerman conducting and showing his virtuosity on the violin. The program includes works by R. Strauss, Schumann, Mozart and Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major.

Winter Pops will make its debut Oct. 28-29 with “Stayin’ Alive: Music of the Bee Gees,” conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. “Halloween Silent Film Night: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” returns Oct. 30, with Russ Peck accompanying the film on the organ.

The San Diego Repertory Theatre continues its season at the Lyceum Space with the West Coast premiere of “Walter Cronkite is Dead,” an intimate and insightful comedy about two very different women stranded in an airport. The show will run through Oct. 16.

North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of the farcical “Lend Me a Tenor” closes Oct. 2. “Heroes,” a show translated by Tom Stoppard, is next on the boards for the Solana Beach theater. This poignant comedy of camaraderie among three aging veterans, directed by David Ellenstein, plays Oct. 22-Nov. 13.

Broadway-San Diego is gearing up for the revival of “Hair,” a show that reflects the ‘60s generation. The explosive musical will take up residency at the Civic Theatre Oct. 18-23. The Balboa Theatre is offering “Kenny G in Concert” Oct. 14, “An Evening with Howie Mandel” Oct. 23 and “k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang” Oct. 24.

Cygnet Theatre will take on Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” this month. From Oct. 19-Nov. 13, Cygnet will stage this brilliant classic on its Old Town stage. Sean Murray will direct a cast headed by Rosina Reynolds and Francis Gercke.

The La Jolla Playhouse winds down its “Without Walls” program at the Botanic Gardens in Encinitas Oct. 2. The site-specific “Susurres” is an audio-play that has popped up in various gardens around the world.

The Lamb’s Horton Grand Theatre is still jumping with “MixTape,” the 1980s musical. That popular long-running show was extended again through Nov. 6. The Lamb’s Coronado home will unveil a world premiere musical comedy Oct. 7. “Servant of Two Masters,” based on a classic Italian comedy, is typical of the genre, with its mistaken identities and hilarious physical comedy. The show will remain in Coronado through Nov. 20.

Poway Center for the Arts has two offerings this month. “Max Weinberg 7+” is in town for one night only Oct. 1, with a career-spanning concert by the legendary musician. “Street Beat,” a theatrical drum and dance show with high energy urban rhythms, acrobatics and street dance, will perform Oct. 22.

Lyric at the Birch launched its 32nd season with a production of “Mame.” The musical will complete its run after performances Oct. 1-2. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” closes the summer season for Moonlight Amphitheatre Oct. 3.

SDSU kicked off its fall theater season with “The Boy Friend.” The roaring ‘20s musical will remain on stage through Oct. 8.

J*Company’s production of “Disney’s Mulan” will end its stay at the JCC in La Jolla Oct. 2.

The Oceanside Museum of Art will showcase “It’s Not My Fault: Everett Peck,” an exhibition that spans 30 years in the artist’s evolution, through January. “Transitions,” an exhibition of works by Francoise Gilot, will continue to be on view through Nov. 13.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps has more than a dozen species of seahorses on display for an extended period. The Birch also features a comprehensive exhibition titled “Boundless Energy,” a show that is delighting children and adults alike. Beginning Oct. 15, you can explore hands-on energy activities and projects for kids of all ages. Stephanie Schroeder will lecture on “The Limpet Circus: Behavioral Ecology of the Owl Limpet” Oct. 10 at the Birch.

The Museum of Man is featuring “Strange Bones: Curiosities of the Human Skeleton.” The show focuses on the changes and manifestations of bones during the course of a human life. “Race: Are We So Different?” examines race from biological, cultural and historical perspectives. Modern Day Mummy: The Art and Science of Mummification” will be exhibited through next March. Gary Jules performs a benefit concert at the museum Oct. 21.

One Comment to “A New Season in Full Swing”

  1. Dennis James says:

    Dennis James, the appointed San Diego Symphony theatre organist, continues his now 40 years of Southern California professional theatre organ performances next on March 10, 2013 for his third annual silent film performance for the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, California playing the grand silver Fisk concert pipe organ. You can read all about it at: http://classical.broadwayworld.com/article/Pacific-Symphony-Concert-Organ-to-Accompany-THE-PHANTOM-OF-THE-OPERA-in-Pedals-and-Pipes-Series-310-20130221

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 1999
    DENNIS JAMES NAMED SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY THEATRE ORGANIST

          Originated in 1988, the San Diego Symphony’s annual classic film series has been the longest running silent film presentation program with orchestral accompaniment in the country.  In preparation for this season’s series, scheduled to open on October 16 with Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL, the San Diego Symphony has named Dennis James San Diego Symphony Theatre Organist.  The appointment celebrates James’ tenth anniversary season with the orchestra that began with his Silent Film Concerts production company’s introduction of festive silent film with orchestra performances to the San Diego community.
     
    James’ new San Diego Symphony position includes score composition commissions, beginning on October 16th with the premier of James’ new musical score to Buster Keaton’s THE GOAT, and continuing on March 18th with his new score for a Harold Lloyd short subject.  James will also be featured in full length solo performance on January 21st accompanying the Douglas Fairbanks feature THE MARK OF ZORRO.
     
    For over 30 years, Dennis James has played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent films with live music.  James currently also holds the position of House Organist for the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and Silent Movie Mondays organist for the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.  He has served as consultant and performer for many other such symphony silent film programs on an international basis, having appeared with the Vancouver, Oregon, Seattle, Sacramento, Austin, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Louisville ensembles among many others.  James is also a featured solo performer on the international film festival circuit, including regular appearances for the San Francisco, Toronto, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Pordenone and Rome Cinema Muto Festivals.  He performs frequently at the Chicago Art Institute’s film series, the Louvre in Paris, the Palazzo Delle Espisozioni in Rome and the National Film Theatre in London.
     
    “NICKELODEON SERIES A CLASSIC EXPERIENCE
    What a pleasure to have something as remarkable- as altogether dream fulfilling – as the San Diego Symphony’s ‘Nickelodeon Series.’  Beautiful 35mm prints of classic silent films, projected in their proper aspect ratio, and presented in a magnificent old movie palace with full symphonic accompaniment plus theatre organ.  It’s every bit as good as it sounds.
    Judging by the highly enthusiastic response to Saturday night’s screening, the symphony may be in the silent movie business for some time.  The audience roared with delight at the many moments when the music was perfectly coordinated with the happenings on the screen.” THE SAN DIEGO UNION
     
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    For more information:
    San Diego Symphony Contact: Susan M. Balding, Public Relations Coordinator
                San Diego Symphony
                619.235.0800, extension 211

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