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Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg

Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg

On Friday, March 29th, I attended the performance of the Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg in Beverly Hills. One of Cuba’s hottest dance companies, this is the second time the dance company has appeared in Los Angeles, following its debut in 2017. I expected the Cuban musical sounds we Americans have come to […]

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart”

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart”

I attended the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart” with the commission of James Newton Howard’s Cello Concerto at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood, California. It was a dynamic and exciting musical evening led by conductor  laureate Jeffrey Kahane. Kahane opens the evening with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14. Superbly conducting from the piano, Kahane plays the […]

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s program of Transir for flute by Matthias Pintscher and Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth) by Gustav Mahler was a powerful curation of two musical compositions. Both composers are known for taking risks and making bold choices – ushering in new sounds for orchestras. In a pre-concert talk flutist Henrik Heide said that both composers are detailed about phrasing, […]

LA Opera’s “The Clemency of Titus” is another terrific production!

LA Opera’s “The Clemency of Titus” is another terrific production!

Plácido Domingo has announced the latest details about LA Opera’s company premiere of Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus. Opening Night was a spectacular presentation of Mozart’s last opera about forgiveness. Mattie Ullrich produced rich and beautiful costumes. Director/Scenery Designer by Thaddeus Strassberger was gorgeous! Of course maestro James Conlon with his deep understanding of the music […]

Video: “Cats” at Hollywood Pantages Theatre – Thrives after many lives!

Video: “Cats” at Hollywood Pantages Theatre – Thrives after many lives!

  The Hollywood Pantages production of “Cats” brings the gorgeous music of Andrew Lloyd Webber to a new generation. Ever since that first performance in May 1981, Cats has been enthralling audiences around the world and has become one of the most successful shows ever written. In 1983, “Cats” won a Tony Award in several […]

Danielle Agami – Ate9 Dance Company

Danielle Agami – Ate9 Dance Company

INTERVIEW WITH DANIELLE AGAMI Danielle Agami was born in Jerusalem  where she studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company. She then moved to New York to serve as the Senior Manager of Gaga U.S.A. In 2012, Agami relocated to Seattle where she became the […]

By February 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
​Review: “Julia Sweeney Older & Wider” Geffen Playhouse

​Review: “Julia Sweeney Older & Wider” Geffen Playhouse

You may or may not remember Julia Sweeney from her days as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994. The actress, author, housemom is back in Hollywood after a long hiatus from LA LA Land. Where did she go? Well, if you attend her one-woman show you will find out – […]

By February 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Review:  LA Phil brings Accademia Bizantina

Review: LA Phil brings Accademia Bizantina

Accademia Bizantina is a marvelous orchestra group from Ravena. Their intention of “making music like a large quartet” was an unquestionable success. They graced the audience with a beautiful Vivaldi concert. A standing ovation by an inveterate audience of music lovers was well deserved. The evening of three encores and a smiling Alessandro Tampieri, the […]

By February 12, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Review: “Witness Uganda” – Wallis Annenberg

Review: “Witness Uganda” – Wallis Annenberg

Opening Night Review 2/8/19 – Lovelace Studio Theater – – Wallis Center For the Performing Arts The Wallis Center For the Performing Arts Complex in Beverly Hills has several venues. “Witness Uganda” billed as a ‘documentary musical’ is being showcased in the Lovelace Studio theater. A relatively small arena. Instead of theatre in the round […]

By February 11, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Buddha Passion – Tan Dun (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission) One-Night Left!

Buddha Passion – Tan Dun (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission) One-Night Left!

            Review:  Buddha Passion – Tan Dun (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission) One-Night Left! Tonight is last night. Tan Dun, the composer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the LA Phil in celebration of the Chinese New Year present Buddha Passion. Performances are on February 9th and 10th only. Tan Dun is […]

By February 9, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Review: “An Inspector Calls” Wallis Annenberg (Beverly Hills)

Review: “An Inspector Calls” Wallis Annenberg (Beverly Hills)

  The National Theatre of Great Britain’s Landmark production of J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls is an appropriate interpretation of the play, a classic thriller of the drawing room theatre. Mystery buffs will love this play. The material is written well, but old-fashioned compared to written works today. However, the stark contrast of the […]

By February 1, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart & Beethoven Tonight!

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart & Beethoven Tonight!

Tickets still available for LACO’s concert tonight. Royce Hall tonight pm. Peter Oundjian conductor and Jonathan Biss piano Join Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and pianist Jonathan Biss for intimate performances of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Ruth Crawford Seeger and a world premiere from Sound Investment composer Sarah Gibson. Mozart’s beautiful composition in three movements: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major. And Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5. This will […]

By January 27, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
LA Phil – Itzhak Perlman ‘In the Fiddler’s House’

LA Phil – Itzhak Perlman ‘In the Fiddler’s House’

Part of Colburn Celebrity 2 Series. Perlman and Netsky’s In the Fiddler’s House was a Jewish Gem of a Jam! This one night only performance was a combination of ethnic soul and get-up-and dance Hava Nagila. In fact, through the marvelous fusion of sounds and genres, I believe I did hear a bar or two of the infamous Jewish wedding […]

By January 23, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Review: ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ at The Metropolitan Opera

Review: ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ at The Metropolitan Opera

(Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera) The Metropolitan’s production of “Adriana Lecouvreur,” is C’est magnifique! Based on the play by Eugene Scribe and Ernest Legouve, with an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, this opera is Francesco Cilea’s most famous work. “Adriana”premiered in Teatro Lirico, Milan on November 6, 1902. The new Sir David McVicar production […]

By January 7, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
WICKED – Hollywood Pantages

WICKED – Hollywood Pantages

(Photo Credit:Joan Marcus) Watch Video WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry […]

By December 20, 2018 0 Comments Read More →