New Concerts and Productions Grace the San Diego Stage
City Ballet of San Diego
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Fall isn’t the only new season rolling into town; a new season of theatre and music is emerging as well. After a brief summer hiatus, the performing arts have come roaring back into town. While some of our illustrious performing arts companies have taken a longer break between seasons than others (The Old Globe didn’t pause at all!), new shows and concerts are quickly being staged as the 2016–17 theatre scene dawns. Jump straight into show-time; stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest here in San Diego. From charity galas to musical productions, it’s time to kick off the new season!
City Ballet of San Diego
City Ballet of San Diego has been on hiatus since May when they closed out their 2015–16 season with Romeo and Juliet. Come November 4th, however, they are back and better than ever with four more spectacular ballets. December will showcase the traditional Nutcracker, and March brings Balanchine and Beyond to Spreckels. However, City Ballet will kick off the new season with Esmeralda and the Hunchback, a dramatic blend of classical and contemporary ballet based on Victor Hugo’s novel. Not willing to wait until November for a City Ballet fix?The IlluminAsia 24th Anniversary Gala will take place at Hotel Del Coronado on October 22nd. Enjoy music from The Mighty Untouchables, a multi-course dinner, a silent auction and a performance by City Ballet company dancers. With grace that flows through the dancers from the crown of their heads to the pointed toes of their feet, City Ballet brings classical dance to the stage.
San Diego Opera
After a rocky year in 2014 when San Diego Opera almost shut its doors and stopped producing their world-class shows, the 52 year old company has bounced back with a vengeance. Thanks in large part to passionate board members and a crowdfunding effort that gathered donations from all over the country, San Diego Opera is alive and well. Though the company was forced to downsize a little in order to keep their doors open, San Diego Opera has proven that they can create incredible productions no matter the circumstances. After a very successful 2015–16 year—which saw the performance of two Giacomo Puccini operas, Tosca and Madama Butterfly—San Diego Opera is set to debut their 2016–17 season on October 22nd with Gioachino Rossini’s version of the classic fairytale Cinderella.
The Old Globe
While The Old Globe performs almost year-round, their summer season is coming to a close. The proverbial curtain is about to come down on Steve Martin’s hysterical new comedy Meteor Shower, and the outdoor summer Shakespeare series will end on the 18th of September. With nary a pause, The Old Globe is diving into their 2016–17 season by kicking things off with October Sky, a west coast premiere musical. Set in the 1950s, October Sky tells the story of a small town that scorns the notion of future aspirations... until Sputnik launches and one determined high school student decides to build a rocket of his own. Then, on September 24th, The Old Globe’s annual gala will take over Copley Plaza. Featuring an exclusive cabaret performance by Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr, this black tie event will help raise money for The Globe’s future seasons. With dinner, dancing and a sensational performance, the 2016 Globe Gala is a sophisticated bash for the new season.
San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Since its inception in 1910, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra has performed thousands of concerts for lucky locals. With 140 concerts each year, the performers at the heart of the San Diego Symphony play a wide range of classical symphonic music including new work and traditional masterpieces. The 2016–17 season of the Jacobs Masterworks will commence on October 14th with a trio of favorites: William Schuman’s American Festival Overture, Felix Mendelssohn’s violin concerto and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 3. The opening concert will be conducted by Jahja Ling, the company’s music director. This season will be Ling’s last with the San Diego Symphony—his farewell performance will close out the season in May—after thirteen years leading the company. But prior to the kickoff of their current season, San Diego Symphony’s Opus Gala—featuring a dinner at The University Club atop Symphony Towers and a Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson concert—will be held on October 8th.
North Coast Repertory Theatre
A modest theatre where every seat in the house is stellar, North Coast Rep is a perfect place to enjoy anything from classic hits to fresh new plays. You may have last seen North Coast Rep perform the famous musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ to close out their recent season. A cornerstone of the Solana Beach community, North Coast Repertory Theatre’s 35th season is scheduled to dawn on September 7th with The Cocktail Hour, an A.R. Gurney comedy that tells the story of privileged, upper-class new Englanders and their spoiled children. Other productions scheduled to premiere include comedy Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, family drama Majorie Prime and contemporary piece The Illusion. Featuring a season with seven new productions underway, North Coast Rep brings fun, energetic shows to town.