I wanted to make sure you know about the “Symphony Expose” concert Thursday night. (Vanessa Dinning talked about these concerts in our last “Meeting of the Minds.”)

The big question is whether Beethoven was in love — and with whom — when he wrote this Seventh Symphony, which was the most popular of his works while he was still alive. The play is going to explore some ideas for who the beloved might be. (Here’s more on the intrigue from a Guardian story a few years ago.)

A soprano quite familiar to San Diego audiences, Priti Gandhi, will sing the part of Beethoven’s beloved, and another local actor, Paul Maley, plays a critic and friend of Beethoven’s, and the fantastic Nuvi Mehta acts the part of Beethoven. And of course, the symphony plays the music, which is great. Tickets are $20.

I’ll be doing my TV piece on this tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. on NBC 7 San Diego, but thought I’d include a mention early in case you were interested to check it out. I caught a quick glimpse in rehearsal and am fascinated. There’s a reception after the concert on the 12th floor of Symphony Towers afterward, too.

The symphony will also play the Seventh Symphony as part of its weekend concerts Friday through Sunday, along with a cello concerto performed by our own principal cellist, Yao Zhao.

ALSO: I’ve never seen tickets this cheap for San Diego Opera. This leap day promotion is $29 tickets for Don Pasquale, the comic Wild West opera opening next weekend, the 10th. Tickets are that cheap through tomorrow at noon.

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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