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Starring Artists: Pulling Back the Curtain


Journey through the minds of performing artists with the second season of Starring Artists. At each session, participants will gain insight into what makes artists tick, how they choose their repertoire and what drives them to pursue their chosen field through a question and answer session, as well as be treated to a live performance. Host Nina Garin, Arts Calendar Editor and Producer at KPBS, will guide lively discussions between the artists and the audience.

Performances begin at 2 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.

Ron McCurdy’s Langston Hughes Project | Feb. 16, 2019

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” which is Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad in the early 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues, gospel, boogie woogie, Latin “cha-cha,” Afro-Cuban mambo music and West Indian calypso; a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death. This performance is a joyous multimedia celebration of this masterwork, in music, spoken word and visuals, performed by the impressively versatile Dr. Ron McCurdy and his talented group of musicians who make heads bob, fingers snap and feet tap throughout. This amazing production was named "Live Experience of the Year" at the 2016 JazzFM Awards in London, England.

CANCELED - Galicia’s Gem: Spanish Folk with Uxia | March 30, 2019

Uxía, ‘the voice of the Atlantic’, is one of the main ambassadors of Galician music and poetry. She has lent her powerful, earthy vocals to renew Galician traditional music connecting it with Atlantic cultures, with which they share the same roots, blending Galician alalas with morna, fado, and Brazilian rhythms. She has published 12 albums, winning the 2016 Galician Critics’ Award for the Best Roots Music Album Award at the Independent Music Awards in Spain for her Meu Canto recording, which was selected as Top of the World Album in Songlines Magazine. Among other projects, she is the artistic director and the alma mater of the International Lusophone Festival, Cantos na Maré.

San Diego Symphony: Chamber Ensemble | April 27, 2019

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement program presents more than 200 education and community events designed to reach all segments of the diverse audience in San Diego County. Join us for a chamber ensemble performance with members of the San Diego Symphony and learn about the lives of professional classical musicians, symphonic music and the difference between each instrument family.

Yes, And: Improv | May 25, 2019

The actors at Old Town Improv, Co. are folks that love improv, and the family-friendly shows are completely unscripted. No plans, and no safety nets; just consistently great comedy from some of San Diego's most experienced improvisors. This event will include insight into the process of improv, how you can utilize the power of ‘yes, and’ in your daily life – and how you’re already better at it thank you think!