Review: West Coast Premiere of ‘That Lovin’ Feelin’’ at the Lonny Chapman Theatre
Most people know of the Righteous Brothers only from listening to oldies stations that sometimes play their hits, such as You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, Unchained Melody and others. People who came of age in the 1960s might know a bit more about them, such as the fact that they are not brothers and that [...][continue reading...]
Apparently, there are a lot of very promising young conductors on the classical music scene; and the LA Phil certainly knows how to recognize and find them (think Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel). One of these young conductors is the 40-year-old British conductor Daniel Harding who returned to LA this past weekend for a series [...]CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Perform Beethoven
Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have done it again. They have produced fresh and exciting performances of two of Beethoven’s greatest symphonies, the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 and the Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, in their fourth CD in the Pittsburgh Live! series on the Fresh! [...]Review: Hilary Hahn with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the LA Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla stepped onto the podium Dec. 11 at Walt Disney Concert Hall — and once the music started, she stepped up again, this time where no man has gone before. Since Lithuanian native Gražinytė-Tyla arrived as a Dudamel Fellow in 2012, her experiences with the Phil have been met [...]
“Father, Son & Holy Coach” is Southern storytelling at its best. Terri Hanauer directs John Posey (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “Teen Wolf”) in a new production of his critically acclaimed comedy about a former football star who attempts to live vicariously through his son. Presented by Rainy Night Films in a guest production [...]
Filled with hilarious and poignant songs about dating, parenting, aging and dreams both fulfilled and unrequited, “Closer Than Ever” is like a musical “how-to” manual for life. With each song a self-contained story inspired by real-life experiences, its message to value the little things in life remains timeless. International City Theatre opens its 2016 season with [...]
Maestro Carlo Ponti conducts the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra in a concert featuring Verdi’s and Debussy’s string quartets and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz.
Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of tickets to the concert. Email email@example.com with “Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra” [...]
The Matrix Theatre Company honors Black History Month with the L.A. premiere of “The Mountaintop,” Katori Hall’s gripping and often humorous re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What thoughts and emotions might have pulsed through the mind and heart of Dr. King on his last night alive?
The Echo Theater Company presents the world premiere of “Bed” by playwright Sheila Callaghan at Atwater Village Theatre Feb. 6 through March 13. “Bed” is a funny, sexy and unconventional romance exploring love, abandonment and betrayal. Raw and racy, the play spans 10 years in less than 90 minutes and features original songs.
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The Los Angeles Dance Project spends a lot of time bringing its high-profile, critically acclaimed artists to foreign soils. The 4-year-old contemporary dance company is a highly sought-after addition to international stages and festivals. This weekend, however, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30, at 8 p.m., the company will share its wealth with [...]
Local dance mover and shaker Meg Wolfe has been bringing movement-based performances to LA audiences ever since her arrival in town in the early 2000s. Whether curating showcases or hosting out-of-town dance makers through Show Box LA, Wolfe helps keep our city in the midst of contemporary performance. This time, she premieres her own creation, [...]
A few years back, Janet Schlapkohl, an adjunct professor of drama at the University of Iowa, was intrigued by an unusual pair of students in her theater class: elfin identical twin sisters Emily and Elizabeth Hinkler. So, when opportunity knocks… write a play! That seems to have been the causa prima that ultimately evolved into [...]
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra started a new season on Jan. 15 at Pasadena’s Scott Pavilion with an all-Beethoven three-sonata thriller featuring fortepiano virtuoso Gottlieb Wallisch, violinist Ilia Korol and Hermann Ebner playing the natural horn.
Wallisch was virtuosic throughout the evening. He understood the fortepiano and could coax its beautiful sound into a wonderfully authentic Beethoven [...]
The Contra-Tiempo Urban Dance Theater mission is to bring the usually unheard voices of the city onto the stage — immigrants, homeless, poor and others dealing with social disadvantage. They reach out to this non-traditional theater dance audience with engagement activities before, during and after performances. Their work brings a welcome multiculturalism into the seats, [...]