Culture in Los Angeles

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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​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 – […]

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