Review: LA Opera’s ‘Macbeth’ With Plácido Domingo
How perfect that LA Opera programmed “Macbeth” during the Halloween season. (I say season because we all know that Halloween is not relegated to just one day in Los Angeles; it’s an event on the scale of Christmas.) Shakespeare and Verdi gave us the witches and ghosts, and LA Opera added devilish beasts to the [...][continue reading...]
Gustavo Dudamel was back in town on Sunday to conduct the LA Phil in a program including the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 with Joshua Bell as soloist and two early tone poems by Richard Strauss, Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.
Dudamel opened the concert with Towards Osiris by the German [...]
The 38-year-old Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado was in town on Sunday to lead the LA Phil in a sonically spectacular program of works by two masters of composition and orchestration: Ravel and Stravinsky.
Heras-Casado began the matinee concert with a light but crisp performance of Ravel’s delightful 8-minute Alborada del gracioso. It was a perfect aperitif [...]
Does it seem too early to think about Halloween, Day of the Dead and other such seasonal spookiness? Not if you’re Wicked Lit, which has just launched their annual salute to the supernatural. As in the past seven seasons, they have commandeered the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, a majestic yet eerie venue [...]
What’s enra, you ask? Enra is a visual/dance ensemble from Japan that creates stunning digital animation-based performances. The members are experts in martial arts, gymnastics, ballet, animation dance, juggling and street dance.
They’re not exactly obscure: enra gained global renown when their performance for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic bid went viral. The ensemble, led by video [...]
On Oct. 8, there’s a man on rollerblades crouching on the pavement behind a signature blue Ikea bag outside REDCAT’s box office. My first instinct is to allow 10 feet between me and the unidentifiable man in the event that he is hiding, oh I don’t know, maybe a weapon (remember the Ikea bag draped [...]
How perfect that LA Opera programmed “Macbeth” during the Halloween season. (I say season because we all know that Halloween is not relegated to just one day in Los Angeles; it’s an event on the scale of Christmas.) Shakespeare and Verdi gave us the witches and ghosts, and LA Opera added devilish beasts to the [...]
Madeline Leavitt’s Voices Carry Inc. will present the world premiere of Strings Attached. Strings Attached is a multidisciplinary project, involving contemporary dance, abstract puppetry, an original score and performance art.
Strings Attached continues Thursday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. [...]
World-renowned experimental choreographer Deborah Hay is sharing her unique perspective on dance at UCLA this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, in “A Platform in Three Parts.” Part of the Center for the Art of Performance’s new season, these performances will take place at the Freud Playhouse at 4:30 and 8 p.m. each day.
On Oct. 5, the former music director and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic was in town to conduct his current orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. But they didn’t perform at Salonen’s old home, Walt Disney Concert Hall. They performed in the beautiful Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Northridge.
The Lyris Quartet will perform four world premieres by Billy Childs, Bruce Broughton, Kurt Rohde and Peter Knell alongside the work that inspired them — Leoš Janáček’s Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters” — at a concert for the enterprising contemporary music series Jacaranda: Music at the Edge at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica on [...]
Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents two dance companies, each completely different in style, one from Los Angeles, and one from Paris: Lux Aeterna and Compagnie Par Terre. The two choreographers, Jacob “Kujo” Lyons and Anne Nguyen, mix different aspects and techniques of contemporary dance, hip-hop and breakdance to offer energetic and innovative works.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 pm
I am always eager to see the work of young, emerging playwrights. What are they thinking about? What are their influences? Will they succeed in offering something fresh? Many viewers may indeed judge Mary Laws’ Blueberry Toast as fresh and tasty, while others may push the plate away in horror, but there’s little likelihood that [...]
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Musical fireworks abound as Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra open the Philharmonic Society’s 2016-17 classical season with Beethoven’s Third Symphony, “Eroica,” and Sibelius’ grand Fifth Symphony.