All the Bells and Whistles

  • The Central Library Concert Series

    The Central Library Concert Series is the longest continuously running free concert series in San Diego! Formerly called the Central Library Chamber Music Series, this Concert Series began around the time of the “new” Central Library’s opening (meaning the old 820 E St. location) in the 1950s. Librarian William Vere Wolf created this series of […]

  • Beatific and Blissful, This Harpist Is Heaven Sent!

    Chiara Capobianco, harpist from Milan, now makes magic here in San Diego. First feat of fascination: how on Earth does Chiara fit her Salvi harp into that Volkswagen Bug? Second surprise: every gig she plays results in encore bookings. Third thing: she can arrange and perform any overplayed tune in such a way that it […]

  • Toy Piano Festival Celebrates Its 21st Year

    Monthly columnist Scott Paulson would like to invite San Diego Troubadour readers to the 21st Annual Toy Piano Festival, which is being held as a Facebook Live virtual event this year. Paulson is the founder and director of this popular local festival, hosted on his home turf at the UC San Diego Library, where he […]

  • Paper Theatre Festival: It’s the Smallest Show on Earth!

    About Paper Theatre During the Victorian Era, London’s playhouses printed fine souvenir posters, which described architectural elements of their theatre. Aspects of set design were shown on the posters, along with representations of actual actors of the company (dressed in costume from a specific production). Condensed scripts were included in these poster kits, and paper […]

  • A Conversation with Pea Hicks

    To celebrate July 4, here’s a 1979 home movie of a UC San Diego computer main frame, performing “Stars & Stripes Forever” (tune into the music portion of the video at 6:52) That classic Sousa march, via the whirrings of a 1970’s Control Data CDC 3600 computer, comes courtesy of colleague Pea Hicks. Hicks […]

  • Short Tales from the Mothership

    All school-year long, we’ve been celebrating the 50th anniversary of UC San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library building. Designed by William Pereira, the building is an other-worldly wonder, such that one could very well hear Theremins playing upon approach. Part of the official 50th celebratory Library programming was “Short Tales from the Mothership,” a sci-fi micro […]

  • It’s National Buy a Musical Instrument Day!

    May 22 is a designated celebration of National Buy a Musical Instrument Day! This is a lesser-known celebration with forgotten roots and no stated founder but worth marking on your calendar! The implied purpose of the date is probably to visit a local music store, and during this less-restricted Covid month, those stores could use […]

  • April Is Jazz Appreciation Month!

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month! And our very own Godmother of Jazz and Blues, Jeannie Cheatham, has suggestions for you and me about that…. The Smithsonian Museum dedicates special programs and activities annually in the month of April to recognize and celebrate the heritage and history of jazz. Their Jazz Appreciation Month (“JAM”) is dedicated […]

  • Spring Forward!

    Dear Troubadour readers,  After hibernating during much of the winter season, I’m ready for spring on March 20 and will get back in the swing with various short-term and long-term music projects.  A promising start this month: March 5 is my COVID vaccine appointment at UCSD’s RIMAC center—making me optimistic about pursuing future plans. Dear […]