If you've wondered about the silence at Symphony Hall, the San Diego Symphony, though on a holiday hiatus, is alive and looking forward to the summer pops season. Last week, the symphony fired off a press release, touting to potential sponsors the benefits of backing pops concerts--discounts, free tickets, names in programs, etc.

From bluegrass to Dixieland, from Gershwin to Garbutt, the season will offer a little for everyone, and in the usual pops tradition, the littlest to classical music lovers.

Be that as it is, the important thing is that the symphony clearly is not running business on a day-to-day basis but is planning for the future. Management has lined up guest conductors--Walter Noona, Ned Battista--and a handful of acts--the McClain Family (bluegrass) Band, cornetist Mark Gould and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings vocal group--for the summer.

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