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In January 2018, the San Diego Symphony will explore the world of rhythm, sound and place through percussion in a month-long celebration titled, “It’s About Time.” Working with several of San Diego’s performing arts organizations, the festival is about the myriad of ways percussion music connects us to the world and to nature. Planning is underway for the festival to move beyond the concert hall, including an outdoor performance at the US/Mexico border of John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit, performed by a percussion group of more than 50 players. The piece will reveal not just the sonic landscape of the border, but also the qualities of its cultural and social topography. Also included in the series are Fresh Sounds’ “Percussion Lovefest,” the symphony's “Stories in Time,” The San Diego Opera's “Maria de Buenos Aires” by Piazzolla, and the Jazz at the Jacobs series performing “The Roots of Rhythm,” among other performances.

The Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park welcomes the 20th annual production of the holiday fable, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Nov. 4–Dec. 24, 2017). Additionally, the theatre complex will present Romeo and Juliet (Nov. 11-19, 2017), The Importance of Being Earnest (Jan. 27–Mar. 4, 2018), and Uncle Vanya (Feb. 10–Mar. 11, 2018). The Old Globe will show the U.S. premiere of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax during its 2018 season. Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, adapted for the stage, this musical was originally produced at The Old Vic theatre in London. The Lorax includes puppet design and choreography, and performances run July 3–Aug. 12, 2018 as part of the Globe’s 2018 Summer Season.

La Jolla Playhouse’s 2017-2018 season includes the world-premiere musical, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical (Nov. 7–Dec. 17, 2017), which charts the life of Donna Summer, undisputed Queen of Disco. The musical presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise—and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits, including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

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