Culture in Los Angeles

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 […]

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LACO- Composer Missy Mazzoli – THIS WEEKEND

LACO- Composer Missy Mazzoli – THIS WEEKEND

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, LED BY NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR JAIME MARTÍN, PRESENTS WEST COAST PREMIERE OF DARK WITH EXCESSIVE BRIGHT FOR DOUBLE BASS AND STRINGS BY LACO ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE MISSY MAZZOLI FEATURING PRINCIPAL BASS DAVID GROSSMAN Other Works Include Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, “Classical,” Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite   Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8 pm, Glendale’s Alex […]

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LACO’S Mozart & Schubert

LACO’S Mozart & Schubert

It was another great evening out at UCLA’s Royce Hall. To get to the concert hall, you enter the lawn where the campus’s first four buildings stand -Powell Library, Kaplan Hall and Haines Hall. In honor of the year-long celebration of the 100 years founding of UCLA, a magical purple light illuminates the building across from Royce.  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s program included selections from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera, Dardanus, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 and the final two pieces by Franz Schubert. It was an exciting combination […]

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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, […]

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Clarinetist David Orlowsky and Italy’s famed Quartetto Di Cremona

Clarinetist David Orlowsky and Italy’s famed Quartetto Di Cremona

The Wallis presents in an interesting ​ and entertaining evening of Klezmer music with a contemporary interpretation. The program opened with Osvaldo Golijov’s Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind. Golijov is a Russian-born, Argentine composer who says of the piece, although wordless, “sounds as if it were written in three different Jewish languages ─ the prelude and the first movement, the most ancient, are in Aramaic; the second movement is in Yiddish, the rich and fragile language of a long exile; the third movement and the postlude are in sacred Hebrew.”Quartetto Di Cremona has a reputation as […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Geffen Playhouse – Mysterious Circumstances

Geffen Playhouse – Mysterious Circumstances

This Season has been really terrific at the Geffen Playhouse with hit after hit. “Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic” is very well written and performed. For the mystery buff, this is an excellent evening of drama and intrigue. Playing now through July 21, 2019. Written by Michael Mitnick Inspired by The New […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]