The Lighthouse

Most operas begin with an overture. Peter Maxwell Davies’ “The Lighthouse” opens with an interrogation, a police investigation surrounding the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse-keepers stuck for months on a lonely rock in the middle of a stormy sea. Asking the questions is a deep insistent horn. Answering  ...

What Happened To The Music?

To cope with internet overload, we allow algorithms to sift through and feed us bits and pieces to match our tastes or cosmetically enhanced anchormen (and anchorwomen) to spoon up headlines to the tune of tone-deaf sponsors. All this through a multi-tasking world, where a generation pays half attention to  ...

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King’s “Sand” premiered in this program. It’s redundant to speak of breakthroughs when it comes to King’s choreography. With each new season and collaboration, there’s an epiphany and the refinements that make it sing its name. It usually originates in a musical treasure that King has uncovered, and longs  ...

Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus”

Olivier Messiaen’s monumental work Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus (Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus) surely ranks amongst the “greats” of the piano repertoire, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas in terms of its scale, variety and pianistic challenges. It is a ground-breaking work which  ...

BalletX @ X

Gold-flecked wings adorned the sinewy bodies of Chloe Felesina, Francesca Forcella and Daniel Mayo as a trio of dance angels in Matt Neenan’s “Frequencies,” while the elegiac folk music of Jump Little Children flooded the Wilma Theater opening night of BalletX’s concert. The event marked the 10 anniversary of BalletX,  ...

Mary Page Marlowe

Mary Page Marlowe is an ordinary woman, living in US flyover country. (How I hate that term.) She has a couple of failed marriages, loses her job as a CPA, drinks too much, moves from Dayton to Lexington (to the distress of her teenaged daughter), suffers other family tragedies. And  ...

A Farewell at San Francisco Ballet

They call themselves “The Three Musketeers” because they have traveled a long road together at San Francisco Ballet, and before SFB, with Jeunes Ballets de France. The first one picked up the second to arrive at San Francisco International Airport, and the second picked up the third.  ...

Constellations

From Star Trek to Sliders, parallel universes have been a science fiction go-to for years and have the advantage of being based on actual science. When physicists study the quantum realm – think atoms and smaller – they sometimes wonder whether we live in a single universe or an  ...