‘Gianni Schicchi’ and ‘Pagliacci’ at LA Opera
We don’t hear much these days about the Seven Deadly Sins, the classification of vices handed down by early church teachings. While today’s standards of morality elicit barely a shrug for most offenses, LA Opera’s current pair of short operas reminds us of the former notoriety of two of these vices: In Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni [...][continue reading...]
If you’ve never been up to Glendale’s Forest Lawn cemetery, you should go. There aren’t any tombstones, only grave plaques set into the ground, so the setting has the appearance of a verdant mountainous park. Not even a spot of burned-out, drought-parched grass here either, unlike most of L.A. these days. It’s also a wonderful [...]Sandra Tsing Loh at the Broad Stage
Sure, there are smart comedians, but how many graduated from Caltech with a degree in physics? Sandra Tsing Loh is in a league of her own. Though she took a far turn from science to performer, award-winning writer and radio commentator, things of interest to the thinking person, like science and education, make their way [...]CD Review: Benedicta: Marian Chant From Norcia
Harken back to 1994: one of the biggest-selling recordings of that year was Chant by the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. Thanks in part to the enigmatic Magritte-like cover art and clever marketing, that recording ultimately sold over 6 million copies. Now, 21 years later, another order of Benedictines has thrown down the [...]
Theatre Raymond Kabbaz is proud to present two intimate evenings with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (BJM) on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 8. These unique shows will feature meticulously chosen excerpts of BJM repertoire including works by Benjamin Millepied, Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Soto, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Barak Marshall.
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Gustavo Dudamel is in the midst of a herculean undertaking: conducting multiple concerts of all nine Beethoven symphonies, and several other smaller works, with two orchestras—the LA Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela—over a period of two weeks, and often with two full-length concerts in one day. The project, Immortal Beethoven, began [...]
LA Opera’s final performance of “Gianni Schicchi” and “Pagliacci” will be broadcast live in HD from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to a huge screen at the Santa Monica Pier for a free public event on Saturday, Oct. 3. About 5,000 people are expected to attend Opera at the Beach.
This is LA Opera’s second year at [...]
Greenway Arts Alliance presents an out-of-the-ordinary theatrical experience, a humorous and lyrical tapestry of words, music, movement and quantum physics. Dan Berkowitz directs the world premiere of “Breathing Room” by playwright/composer Mary Lou Newmark, opening Oct. 3 and continuing through Oct. 25 at the Greenway Court Theatre.
Music, theater and science converge in Newmark’s newest performance piece. A science teacher with a mysterious past (Charles Reese) [...]
24th Street Theatre, the company that produced “Walking the Tightrope” to universal acclaim on its stage, on tour and, most recently, for Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, presents the second production of its LAb24 resident experimental theater company. The U.S. premiere of “Man Covets Bird” by Finegan Kruckemeyer runs Sept. 26 through [...]
Sometimes you have to journey to the end of the world to find yourself. Michael Arabian directs writer/performer John Cox in “The Money Fi$h,” an unforgettable true story of one man’s harrowing journey to a better life. The play gets its world premiere Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Hudson Theatres in Hollywood.
A natural raconteur with [...]
Renowned choreographer, director, author and one-time rabble-rouser Twyla Tharp is celebrating her five decades of creating eye-popping dances. She brings 13 dancers and a 50th Anniversary Tour to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for four shows this Thursday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, [...]
Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing!” — a gritty, passionate, funny and heartbreaking masterpiece about the hopes and struggles of a lower-middle-class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Great Depression — continues to resonate 80 years after its 1935 premiere. Director Elina de Santos and lead actress Marilyn Fox return with a [...]
The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, opens the 2015-16 season, its 52nd, with “The Russian Evolution,” a program of sublime Russian choral works grand and intimate, including the West Coast premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s seminal “The Canticle of the Sun,” “a glorious sonic cloudburst” (New Zealand Herald) based on the [...]
We don’t hear much these days about the Seven Deadly Sins, the classification of vices handed down by early church teachings. While today’s standards of morality elicit barely a shrug for most offenses, LA Opera’s current pair of short operas reminds us of the former notoriety of two of these vices: In Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni [...]