Opera Pacific played host to the Houston Grand Opera touring production of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." Even though the production had been seen at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood in May, 1977, one could only admire this wonderful work, with three singers giving different and strong performances as Bess (Carmen Balthrop, Henrietta Davis and Naomi Moody) and two men singing Porgy (Mic Bell and Donnie Ray Albert). But kudos to the whole cast.
-- Georges Delerue conducted the Pacific Symphony in the marvelous score he had composed for Alexander Volkoff's 1927 silent film classic "Casanova" at a screening of the film. Attendance at the event, alas, was about only half of capacity. A loss for serious film buffs and music lovers who were not there.
-- The Joffrey Ballet established a toehold in the county, offering repertory that included Ashton's ravishing "La Fille mal gardee" and cooly elegant "Monotones I and II" and Nijinsky's stunning "L'apres-midi d'un faune."
-- Armin Jordan led the sublime Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in works by Shostakovich, Ravel and Stravinsky. The quality of sound was ravishing.