Culture in Los Angeles

Saturday, February 8 at 8PM – Weill’s Violin Concerto with Salonen

Saturday, February 8 at 8PM – Weill’s Violin Concerto with Salonen

WATCH VIDEO Weill’s Violin Concerto (1924) – with the unusual accompaniment of a wind band – at times surges with anxious energy and, at other moments, broods with world-weariness. Salonen closes with Hindemith’s magnificent Symphony (1934), composed as material for his politically charged opera about a Renaissance master painter.  Artists Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor […]

By February 7, 2020 0 Comments Read More →
LA Phil: Mehta’s Mahler

LA Phil: Mehta’s Mahler

Review: LA Phil is celebrating its 100th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than bringing the great and distinguished conductor Zubin Mehta for the season. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ is one of the top symphonies of all time and led by Mehta, it was a powerhouse of a concert with four encores for the Conductor Emeritus. Mehta once told an interviewer – […]

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LA Phil: Mehta Conducts Wagner & More

LA Phil: Mehta Conducts Wagner & More

January 11, 2020. 8 pm Highlights from The Twilight of the Gods, followed by early modernist works. Conductor Zubin Mehta leads an adventurous look at German Romanticism as it develops into the birth of 20th-century music, from the lushness of the full orchestra in Wagner’s final Ring opera to the concentrated brevity of Webern’s nine-instrument concerto. With […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

By November 4, 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 →
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 […]

By October 15, 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 […]

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 […]