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Mariachi, Murder and Museums: San Diego Music this March

Cruzar La Cara at the San Diego Opera

This March, San Diego offers a dynamic and culturally diverse musical calendar that includes internationally acclaimed Mexican mariachi, Indian classical music and an intense Italian opera, proving once again there is more to San Diego than meets the sundrenched eye.

A Week of Mariachi

Cruzar La Cara at the San Diego Opera

See the very first Mariachi Opera with the renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. Photo courtesy of San Diego Opera.

Celebrate the art of the Mariachi with exciting events around town leading up to the San Diego Opera’s West Coast Premiere of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, the first mariachi opera starring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, playing on March 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Before each show, enjoy the festivities in the San Diego Civic Plaza including food, fun and performances by student mariachi groups.

> Click for full list of Mariachi events from March 6-16, 2013

Music at the Museums

Art of Elan Musicians playing at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art of Élan performs in the beautiful, rose-colored Hibbin Gallery at SDMA

The museums of Balboa Park offer ample after-hour chances to enjoy visual and musical masterpieces hand in hand.

On March 13, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, in conjunction with the week of mariachi, see different mariachi groups alongside exhibits related to mariachi, music or Mexico at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man and Timken Museum of Art. $2 at the door (Free at the Timken).

On March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM, the San Diego Museum of Art also welcomes the Art of Elan’s third concert of the season. Enjoy a voyage through Indian classical music and its influence on modern-day composers. Featuring specialists in the Indian classical tradition as well as Robert Aldridge’s “threedance,” a highly rhythmic and lyrical work for violin, marimba and table, this program draws connections between yesterday and today, while reminding us of the transportive nature of music.

Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera - Music in San Diego

The West Coast premiere of Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera. Photo courtesy of San Diego Opera.

Opening March 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM the San Diego Opera brings the faith, passion, tragedy and hope alive in the West Coast Premiere of Murder in the Cathedral, based on the T.S. Eliot play about the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in December 1170 at Canterbury Cathedral.

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Art of Elan presents In Your Dreams at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art of Elan Musicians playing at the San Diego Museum of Art
Otto Dix. Lion Cannoneer,1914. Oil on paper. From the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Elisabeth Giesberger. Art © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Otto Dix. Lion Cannoneer,1914. Oil on paper. From the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Elisabeth
Giesberger. Art © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

The 2012-2013 season of Art of Elan, a unique chamber music concert series held at the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), presents In Your Dreams, a quirky, musical journey through the subconscious realm. The programming draws from and beautifully compliments the Expressionist sentiments highlighted in SDMA’s current art exhibit, The Human Beast: German Expressionism, showing now through November 11, 2012.

Art of Elan Musicians playing at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art of Elan performs in the beautiful, rose-colored Hibbin Gallery at SDMA

On the whole, In Your Dreams seeks to portray the Expressionist’s acute self-consciousness about the limits of facts and objects, and thus the rejection of reason as a means to truth. The music chosen for the season taps into a haunting, terrifying, sensuous and whimsical dreamscape through the likes of Tan Dun’s “Ghost Opera,” David Bruce’s spirited work, “Steampunk,” and an exploration of the traditional and contemporary sounds of India.

Entrance to the Human Beast Exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art

A haunting Edvard Munch piece (left) at the entrance to The Human Beast Exhibit at SDMA

Now in its 6th season, Art of Élan continues to bring inventive and palatable programming to the chamber music scene. Set in the intimate Hibben Gallery at SDMA, the audience is invited to stroll through other galleries of the museum, such as The Human Beast, both before and after concerts in order to expand the concerts programming beyond the musical medium to include a visual story as well.

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Beware the menacing Dr. Caligari.

The Human Beast highlights the recent bequest of 48 German Expressionist paintings, drawings and prints dedicated to the modernist movement developed in Germany and Austria during the first decades of the 20th century. Three of the most significant Expressionist films, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and M (1931), will also be playing throughout the run of the exhibit.

Art of Elan Concert Schedule:

Website: www.artofelan.org

San Diego Museum of Art Information:

Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Phone: 619.232.7931
Website: www.sdmart.org

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Free Concert in La Jolla Cove to kick-off La Jolla Summerfest!

The 26th annual La Jolla Summerfest kicks off this Tuesday July 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM with a free public concert in Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. The nationally recognized chamber music festival features over 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing from July 31 – August 24, 2012 in various locations throughout La Jolla.

Two performances of note this season will be Tan Dun’s Water Passion at 7:30 PM on August 4th in the La Jolla Playhouse Mandell Weiss Theatre and an evening with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis at 7:30 PM on August 8 at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. The Water Passion is drawn largely from Gospel of St. Matthew and explores a remarkably wide range of vocal styles, from the overtone singing of Mongolia to the unique colors of Peking Opera. Branford Marsalis has a mixed program, including songs of Samuel Barber and a trio by Paul Hindemith as well as a selection of jazz works.

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