Paul Simon: Words and Music at the Skirball Cultural Center
Before Paul Simon got his first guitar, his instrument of choice was the baseball bat. One of his happiest moments was making a headline in a local paper that read “Simon Steals Home.” Though his father was a musician, the young Simon never expressed an interest in music — until he turned on the radio [...][continue reading...]
Things being what they are in Washington right now, politics has been a subject on everyone’s mind lately. While it’s still early after the seismic election results of last fall, it seems likely that playwrights will, after a certain amount of cogitation and fermentation, inevitably get around to sharpening their pencils about it. For now, [...]Free Tickets to Dance Camera West Film Festival
Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the Los Angeles-based Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival reels out this week, starting on Thursday, April 20, and ending Sunday, April 30. Visiting West Side venues including UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Glorya Kaufman Hall, Royce Hall and the Santa Monica Pier, the presentations are divided into groups of international short [...]Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Sibelius at Disney Hall
Finnish conductor and composer and Conductor Laureate of the LA Phil Esa-Pekka Salonen returned to Disney Hall on Sunday to conduct an all-Sibelius program consisting of Finlandia, Six Humoresques, and the Symphonies No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104, and No. 7 in C major, Op. 105.
Salonen has the music of Sibelius flowing through his [...]
Before Paul Simon got his first guitar, his instrument of choice was the baseball bat. One of his happiest moments was making a headline in a local paper that read “Simon Steals Home.” Though his father was a musician, the young Simon never expressed an interest in music — until he turned on the radio [...]
On April 23, American conductor and Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra David Robertson presented an all-American concert of works, including Three Places in New England by American composer Charles Ives, the West Coast premiere of the LA Phil co-commission of the Organ Concerto by American composer Christopher Rouse performed by organist Paul [...]
What does it mean to be human? How far will we go to live forever? The Los Angeles premiere of Uncanny Valley, a new play about artificial intelligence written by Thomas Gibbons, directed by caryn desai [sic], and starring Susan Denaker and Jacob Sidney, opens April 21 and runs through May 7 at International City [...]
BELLA GAIA, the renowned audiovisual experience lead by director-composer Kenji Williams and the BELLA GAIA Ensemble, will present BELLA GAIA – A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space for one night only on Saturday, April 15. The immersive event combines NASA satellite imagery, time-lapse nature photography, cultural heritage footage and live performances of music and [...]
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering discount tickets to Culture Spot LA readers for Bach’s “St. John Passion” on Wednesday, April 19, at 8 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
BACH’S ST. JOHN PASSION
International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra
Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor
Regula Mühlemann, soprano
Roxana Constantinescu, contralto
Benedikt Kristjansson, tenor
Jakob Pilgram, tenor
Peter Harvey, bass
Quick — name three opéras fantastiques. That’s a tough one. About the only one that comes to mind is The Tales of Hoffmann. LA Opera’s enchanting production — playing through April 15 — offers a delightful mix of lilting romantic music, beautiful sets and eye-catching costumes. It is also an unusual family collaboration, celebrating [...]
On March 29 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Jean-Yves Thibaudet performed with Colburn School students in a powerhouse program that spotlighted the amazing talents of both the world-renowned pianist and musicians as young as 12.
Before the Colburn Extravaganza began, Colburn School CEO Sel Kardan announced that Thibaudet has renewed his tenure [...]
A special offer for Culture Spot LA readers from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County: 20 percent off tickets to a concert featuring violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.
Praised for their “electrifying partnership” (The Times), Ibragimova and Tiberghien are alumni of BBC [...]
How do you boil down the 10,000 lines of verse in Paradise Lost to absolutely nothing and still have it be meaningful? Simple: give it to Jones (Welsh) Talmadge of the Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble and have him do a movement-only adaptation. John Milton’s epic 17th-century poem expanded upon the biblical story of [...]
Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, presents Quebec-based Yves Lambert Trio on March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the month of the Francophonie (French Language). The 70-minute performance will start at 7:30 p.m., but get there early for a free beer tasting before the show.