The Lively Arts | Charlene Baldridge
February is for theater and music lovers as well as simply for lovers, as downtown arts organizations and presenters regale us with romantically informed and all around exciting fare.
February 18, 21, 24 and 26 (times vary) San Diego Opera presents the sensational, spectacular world co-premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick,” starring heldentenor Ben Heppner as Captain Ahab. Civic Theatre, 202 C Street, Downtown. sdopera.com or (619) 533-7000.
Copley Symphony Hall: The joint is jumpin’!
8 p.m. February 10 and 11, “A Valentine Romance with Broadway’s Best” San Diego Symphony Winter Pops concert with love songs, conductor Marvin Hamlisch and vocalists Jennifer Holliday and Hugh Panaro.
7:30 p.m. February 14 and 15, respectively, see two of Tchaikovsky’s loveliest ballets, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake” performed by Moscow Festival Ballet (music is pre-recorded).
8 p.m. February 19, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, presented by La Jolla Music Society (ljms.org or 858-459-3728)
7:30 p.m. February 22, young singer Jackie Evancho.
Tickets: sandiegosymphony.org or (619) 235-0804.
10th Avenue Theatre
February 23 – March 18: Mo‘olelo Performing Arts Company reunites “Yellow Face” actors Brian Bielawski and Greg Watanabe in Amlin Gray’s “How I Got That Story,” a two-man black comedy about a naïve newspaper reporter caught up in the maelstrom of 1960s Vietnam. Frank Rich called the language “at once hilarious and chilling.” Directed by Seema Sueko, 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. moolelo.net or (619) 342-7395.
The Old Globe
Continuing through Tuesdays – Sundays through February 12, Horton Foote’s Tony-nominated “Dividing the Estate” and through February 26, the world premiere of Jonathan Caren’s “The Recommendation” at The Old Globe Theatre and the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, respectively, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Information and tickets at theoldglobe.org or (619) 234-5623.