Performing Arts: Sharing the Magic with Others

Happy New Year to you, my friends. Many of us look to the New Year and make resolutions regarding how to do things we haven’t done or what we will do differently in the coming year. We promise ourselves that no matter what we do, we are going to do at least one thing, to keep one resolution we make.

Since I started this column seven months ago, I have had a greater opportunity to see a wider variety of the preforming arts. More importantly, I have had the opportunity to introduce people to new genres and to remind old fans how great it can be to visit the theater. Last August, I took two of my closest friends to see ‘Othello’ at the Old Globe. Since it was the first time either of them had been to see Shakespeare on the stage, I was a bit nervous that this may not be their cup of tea and feared I was in for a long night. But just 20 minutes into the first act, I looked over to see they were both fully engaged as the story unfolded in front of them.

Over the last three months I have been to shows in every part of the county. When we held the 31 Day Challenge in October (How Many Can You See?), I made it to 9 events that month, averaging out to a show every 3 nights. I didn’t stop there. In just one week in November, I made it to the City Ballet of San Diego at the Spreckles; a Fashion Show for Black Tie CEO Club the very next night; Dame Enda at the Center for the Arts in Escondido; and, two nights later, Mahler’s 7th with the San Diego Symphony.

This didn’t let up through December. All of the performing arts were running at full throttle. You could take your pick from four different ballet companies, a couple of dozen theatre companies mounting shows, and the San Diego Symphony with a full slate. This month, I’m looking forward to the return of the San Diego Opera as they open their 50th Season with ‘La Boheme’ on the 24th.

So, what is my New Year’s Resolution? The one above all the others I will keep? I will be introducing or reintroducing people to the arts! There are plays of all kinds across the county, there are concerts, there are galleries and, of course, special events. I am going to encourage people to reach out and share their experiences with others, to invite their friends to see something different. By making this pledge, it should lead to a most enjoyable 2015. I hope that some of you will join me in making this resolution. And once again, a Happy New Year to you and your family from all of us here at FINE Magazine.