America’s Finest City is home to a critically
acclaimed symphony, renowned dance
companies and a spectacular theater scene
with everything from one-man shows to
award-winning Broadway hits
Standout events at Copley Symphony Hall include the over-the-top Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (Dec. 20)
and the Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert (Jan. 1), a San
Diego tradition for two decades. The La Jolla Music Society
celebrates its 50th anniversary with concerts by pianists
Seong-Jin Cho (Oct. 18) and Leif Ove Andsnes (Jan. 20), violinist Bomsori Kim (Mar. 10) and the Danish String Quartet
(Feb. 8), and Jazz in the Key of Ellison (Feb. 16), all at the auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute.
Dance aficionados won’t want to miss the California Ballet’s
fiery Noche Latina, a performance that includes Boléro,
selections from Carmen, and the West Coast premiere of
Juanita y Alicia, at Balboa Theatre (Nov. 9–10) and perennial
holiday favorite The Nutcracker at the Civic Theatre (Dec.
14–23). Spreckels Theatre hosts the dance company Pilobolus
(Nov. 10), Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet school will take the stage
at the Civic (March 8) and the Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater will bring their talents to Copley Symphony Hall
Dancers ditch the studio in favor of trolley
stops along the Metropolitan Transit System’s
Blue Line, stretching from Chula Vista
to Downtown in this uniquely San Diego
experience. (Oct. 5–7).
There’s something for everyone this season. Keep an eye out for
these upcoming productions at the San Diego Civic and Balboa
theatres: Broadway smash hit Wicked (Oct. 31–Nov. 25), new
musical Waitress (Nov. 27–Dec. 2), Hello, Dolly! (Jan. 15–20),
and Disney’s Aladdin (Feb. 20–Mar. 3). Other don’t-miss shows
of the season include Diana at La Jolla Playhouse (Feb. 19–
Mar. 31), Looking for Christmas (Nov. 13–Dec. 16) and Dr.
Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Nov. 3–Dec. 29) at
The Old Globe, A Christmas Carol (Nov. 28–Dec. 30) and Marie
and Rosetta (Jan. 16–Feb. 16) at Cygnet Theatre, and Herland
(Jan. 20–Feb. 17) at Moxie Theatre.
Opera season is in full swing.
Don’t miss the San Diego
Opera’s awe-inspiring takes
on Mozart’s The Marriage
of Figaro (Oct. 20–28) and
Verdi’s Rigoletto (Feb. 2–10)
at the Civic Theatre. For an
experience, check out the
opera’s Dētour Series. At
Balboa Theatre, All Is Calm: The
Christmas Truce of 1914 (Dec.
7–9) dramatizes the informal
World War I ceasefire when
French, English and German
soldiers met in no-man’s land
to carol and exchange gifts.