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LA PHIL- Seong-Jin Cho performs Rachmanioff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

LA PHIL- Seong-Jin Cho performs Rachmanioff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

The fast-rising Korean star pianist plays Rachmaninoff’s ultra-Romantic concerto, and Dudamel leads Stravinsky’s game-changing ballet score with its complex yet primitive-sounding rhythms. Dudamel and music by the Russian Romantic and the Russian Revolutionary promises to be outstanding! The second part of the concert will be Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. With an overwhelming talent and […]

By November 25, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Geffen Playhouse (Westwood) – “Key Largo” with Andy Garcia Opens this Weekend!

Geffen Playhouse (Westwood) – “Key Largo” with Andy Garcia Opens this Weekend!

WATCH TRAILER Review: Friday, November 15th performance You don’t have to know anything about or have seen the film, “Key Largo” to enjoy this wonderfully produced adaptation. Audiences thought so — with a standing ovation of this world premiere. Not having a reference to the film makes you appreciate this production which stands on its […]

By November 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
LACO- Composer Missy Mazzoli – THIS WEEKEND

LACO- Composer Missy Mazzoli – THIS WEEKEND

REVIEW Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s dynamic Music Director Jaime Martin said he wanted to curate a program of a new composer with influences of the old master composers, and it was fabulous! Martin opens with conducting Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and the West Coast premiere of Dark with Excessive Bright for Double Bass and Strings by LACO Artist-in-Residence […]

By November 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
LA OPERA – The Light in the Piazza – Ends Oct. 20th!

LA OPERA – The Light in the Piazza – Ends Oct. 20th!

LA OPERA PRESENTS: the John Berry & Anthony Lilley for Scenario Two and Karl Sydow production of  The Light in the Piazza Renée Fleming, Dove Cameron and Brian Stokes Mitchelllead a cast that includes Rob Houchen, Marie McLaughlin,Liam Tamne and Celinde Schoenmaker Only seven performances: October 12 through 20 Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm Friday, […]

By October 15, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
LACO – Jaime Martín’s debut as Music Director

LACO – Jaime Martín’s debut as Music Director

“Welcome Jaime!” Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s season opening at the Alex Theatre was phenomenal. LA Chamber Orchestra was on fire — led by the burning passion of its new Spanish conductor, maestro Jaime Martín. He hits the stage and you immediately know this is going to be big. He is a colorful personality with an excess of […]

By September 30, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
LA OPERA OPENS 2019/20 SEASON WITH La Bohème

LA OPERA OPENS 2019/20 SEASON WITH La Bohème

La Bohème Opera Review- By Nili Nathan Fellini meets Puccini!In Kosky’s La Bohème, you can delete all the other versions you have seen from your mind. One of the most famous and beloved operas is a sensational production by LA Opera. Hurry to see it before it closes on October 6th. This was one of the best productions by LA Opera, and I highly recommend you catch it. Often, it is the simple story that carries the most complex of emotional weight. Such is the case in director Barry Kosky’s marvelous melodrama. The story is about a man and a woman who fall in love and she […]

By September 17, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Andrea Bocelli: Hollywood Bowl June 18, 2019

Andrea Bocelli: Hollywood Bowl June 18, 2019

WATCH VIEW ANDREA BOCELLI & MATTEO BOCELLI REVIEW: Under the Stars with a Star!       If you have ever been to a Bocelli concert, then you know the experience lingers in your soul for many weeks. If you have not been to a Bocelli concert, then your soul yearns for the lingering experience. It should be on your bucket list. It was on mine, and I am completely satisfied with the iconic voice – no one alive today inspires and makes your spirit soar like Andrea Bocelli live and […]

Brava Domingo−Marta’s La Traviata is brilliant!

Brava Domingo−Marta’s La Traviata is brilliant!

WATCH TRAILER An inspired director, Marta Domingo brings insight, depth and pizzazz to La Traviata with her wonderful and exciting interpretation of this beloved Verdi opera – Success is hers! She understands the depth of the characters and the time period. Domingo presents an awareness of Verdi’s meaning with this story to the audience with […]

Review: Audiences in love with Felder!

Review: Audiences in love with Felder!

The Wallis Annenberg Center present Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story – due to popular demand already extended through Jun 16. This production is the latest work in Felder’s critically acclaimed “Great Composer Series” of one-man shows. The last one I saw was Ludwig van Beethoven and he was brilliant! Felder is a great actor, musician− an aficionado of the classic composers bringing them alive to audiences worldwide. Felder asks, “This idea−where do things come from and how they actually […]

Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet

Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet

  (This video short documentary on MacMillian’s “Romeo and Juliet” brings much apposite historical information. Knowing this will enhance the viewer’s appreciation of this ballet). Watch Here Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillian’s masterpiece. There is no better place to see the classic Romeo & Juliet than in Shakespeare’s own birth country –England. On my recent trip to London, I caught […]

Royal Opera’s Faust with Fabiano is fabulous!

Royal Opera’s Faust with Fabiano is fabulous!

A scene from Faust by Gounod @ Royal Opera House. Directed by David McVicar. Conductor, Dan Ettinger. (Opening 11-04-19) WATCH TRAILER   London audiences on fire! Spring is a great time to travel with nice weather and less tourists than summer. London is an amazing getaway (although it was a bit freezing in early May) […]

Review: The Geffen Playhouse – The Niceties

Review: The Geffen Playhouse – The Niceties

The west coast premiere of THE NICETIES at Geffen Playhouse is excruciatingly intellectual ── an apotheosis of the American political divide. It is a mesmeric scrutiny of two opposing perspectives on matters of race and inequality in America ── a searing truth that makes us take notice at what happens when we don’t listen to each other. It forces you to examine yourself and those from different walks of life with new eyes and ears. Playwright, Eleanor Burgess delves into murky water with these two strong invincible female leads. Written with the pen strokes of […]

Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour

Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour

The opera-actor-fashion icon diva resurrected on stage was unbelievably real! If you have never seen a Hologram concert, it is a must see “bucket list.” I attended the Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour presented for one night only in association with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and it was phenomenal. Your mind […]

Review: LA Phil — Yuja Wang plays the hell out of the piano.

Review: LA Phil — Yuja Wang plays the hell out of the piano.

  John Adam’s “Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?” his third piano concerto, was composed for Yuja Wang and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Led by maestro Gustav Dudamel it was a star studded evening  — Adams, Dudamel, Wang, Mahler and oh yes, Frank Gehry was acknowledged in the audience. The concerto is in one continuous movement, about thirty minutes long and the three seamlessly connected sections follow the traditional fast-slow-fast format, with the piano soloist active throughout. The piano and orchestra begin in the bass register, […]

Geffen’s Got A Hit –  Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole is phenomenal! 

Geffen’s Got A Hit – Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole is phenomenal! 

  Review: An outrageous amount of exorbitant talent — it’s the best show in town! Written brilliantly by Colman Domingo & Patricia McGregor the story shows us what must have been the inner-life of Nat King Cole as he trail-blazed a historical path for other minorities that would follow. He was the first African American to […]

By February 16, 2019 0 Comments Read More →