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Review: Long Beach Opera Presents Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s ‘Frida’ at the Museum of Latin American Art

Bravo to Long Beach Opera for their summer production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s “Frida,” which ended June 25. An opera as colorful as artist Frida Kahlo’s life and work, “Frida” explores the passion and pain and beauty of an important  artist. It was made all the more magical being set in the Museum of Latin [...]

Review: ‘Animal Farm’ at Theatricum Botanicum

The arrival of warmer weather coincides with the opening of another season at the Theatricum Botanicum, the verdant outdoor theater nestled near the top of Topanga Canyon. One of the highlights of this season is an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm, onstage through Oct. 1 The 1945 novella, an allegory reflecting the events [...]

Cliburn Conversations and Tidbits

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, ended June 10. What a whirlwind for the competitors and the audience between May 25 and then!
Thirty pianists performed recitals in the preliminary round, 20 performed recitals in the quarterfinals, 12 performed recitals and Mozart concertos with the Fort [...]

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Review: Los Angeles Master Chorale Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’

The Los Angeles Master Chorale deservedly was on proud display at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 22, celebrating a musical family reunion of sorts honoring Morten Lauridsen and the 20th anniversary of his 1997 masterpiece Lux Aeterna. Thursday’s performance was technically an encore to the regular season, as this special gala also ended the [...]

MUSE/IQUE’s Summer of Sound at Caltech

MUSE/IQUE’s Summer of Sound concert series takes place on June 24, July 22 and Aug.
26 at Caltech’s Beckman Mall Lawn in Pasadena.
Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m.
RITMO/TOWN features renowned composer and pianist Alfredo Rodríguez, the incomparable Ballet Hispánico and singer/actress Paulette Ivory (Fela, The Lion King, Smokey Joe’s Cafe) as they team up with Rachael Worby and the [...]

Long Beach Opera Presents ‘Frida’

Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present five outdoor performances of the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of Frida on June 17, 18, 24 and 25 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and on June 23 at Grand Performances in downtown LA. The opera celebrates the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her [...]

The Cliburn Announces the Winners

The Cliburn just announced the winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which took place May 25 to June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. The awards ceremony was held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.
And the winners are:
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and Van [...]

The Cliburn: Last Day of the Final Found

June 10: Day four (the last) of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Rachel Cheung, Georgy Tchaidze and Daniel Hsu

The last three concertos on the final day of the 15th Cliburn International Piano Competition just finished.
Rachel Cheung
The first performance of the day was by 25-year-old Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong who [...]

The Cliburn: Day Three of the Final Round

June 9: Day three of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Yuri Favorin, Kenneth Broberg and Yekwon Sunwoo

Beginning on Friday night, three of the six finalists in the 15th International Cliburn Piano Competition performed some of the biggest warhorses in the piano concerto repertoire accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony [...]

The Cliburn: Day Two of the Final Round

June 8: Day two of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Georgy Tchaidze, Rachel Cheung and Daniel Hsu
On Thursday night we heard three different piano quintets—by Dvořák, Brahms and Franck—performed by three finalists — 29-year-old Georgy Tchaidze of Russia, 25-year-old Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and 19-year-old Daniel Hsu of the United States.
Georgy [...]

The Cliburn: Day One of the Final Round

June 7: Day one of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Kenneth Broberg, Yuri Favorin and Yekwon Sunwoo
The final round of the 15th Cliburn International Piano Competition began last night with performances of three piano quintets by three of the six finalists. Prior to the start of the competition, competitors were given [...]

The Cliburn Announces the Finalists

We hope you’ve been with us in Fort Worth or streaming the Cliburn concerts online and following our posts on each of the semifinal concerts. Join us starting Wednesday for the finals.
Tonight, Leonard Slatkin, chairman of the Jury for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (taking place May 25-June 10 at Bass Performance Hall), [...]

The Cliburn: Day Five of the Semifinal Round, Part Two

June 5: Day five of the semifinal round, part two, of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Tony Yike Yang, Yekwon Sunwoo, Han Chen and Rachel Cheung

Tony Yike Yang

Tony Yike Yang, the 18 year old from Canada, performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, with cadenzas by Beethoven and Mitsuko [...]