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Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

The New York City-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been performing in Los Angeles for decades. Almost every visit to the Southland includes a performance of its signature master work, “Revelations.” The work was choreographed by company founder and its artistic director until his death in 1989, Alvin Ailey. His timeless celebration of the [...]

Review: ‘Plasticity’ at Hudson Theatres

Plasticity is ostensibly a one-man show, yet with some half a dozen distinctly different characters that emerge, fade and reappear at various points within the show, you would be forgiven for thinking multiple actors were on stage. Credit goes to performer and co-writer Alex Lyras, who gives a tour de force performance that inhabits [...]

Review: LA Phil With James Gaffigan, Hélène Grimaud and James Matheson

On Sunday, French pianist Hélène Grimaud performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Brahms under the direction of guest conductor James Gaffigan.
The concerto began with a beautifully sonorous horn introduction by LA Phil Principal Andrew Bain (and later echoed beautifully by Amy Jo Rhine), which established the melodic theme [...]

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Discount Tickets: Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien

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 [...]

Review: ‘Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny’ from Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble

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 [...]

Free Tickets to Yves Lambert Trio at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

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.
With [...]

Discount Tickets for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with Soprano Deborah Voigt at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering discount tickets for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with soprano Deborah Voigt at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m.
Led by Fabio Luisi, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s First Symphony and Carl Nielsen’s orchestral showpiece, the Helios Overture. One [...]

Review: Jaap van Zweden Conducts the LA Phil in Beethoven and Shostakovich

On Sunday, the Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden led the LA Phil in two Fifths, the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Beethoven and the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Shostakovich.
Van Zweden, the current music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the soon-to-be (2018-2019) music director of [...]

15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition May 25 to June 10

The Cliburn just announced the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25 to June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. There are three ways to experience this major musical event: get tickets to see it live, watch the webcast, or see [...]

Review: Echo Theater Company Presents ‘The Found Dog Ribbon Dance’

Weird title, huh? But it is certainly fitting considering the oddballs who inhabit this world-premiere play from Dominic Finocchiaro. It’s the first play of the season by the Echo Theater Company, which specializes in new plays. For 90 minutes (without intermission) we are treated to a panoply of individuals, most of whom seem somewhat lost [...]

ALOUD Speaker Series

A pillar of the downtown LA cultural scene, the ALOUD series presents an award-winning and distinguished array of authors to discuss trending topics and engage in critical discourse with audiences at the LA Public Library and beyond.
Spring 2017 Schedule:
The Constitution and the Presidency (March 2)
Erwin Chemerinsky in conversation with journalist Jim Newton
Chemerinsky, the founding [...]

Helios Dance Theater’s ‘Minor Obsessions’ at the Ace Hotel

Known for its kinetic sensuality, choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller’s Helios Dance Theater will premiere its newest adventure, “Minor Obsessions,” at the recently renovated Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, March 5, at 7 p.m. With only one performance, the company is adding a cyber element to the live production. This mixed reality combination [...]

Free Tickets to ‘Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny’ From Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, presents a movement adaptation of John Milton’s eloquent epic poem, “Paradise Lost.” “Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny” was adapted by NMA Co-artistic Director Jones (Welsh) Talmadge and co-directed with NMA Co-artistic Director Laura Covelli. Blending dance, acrobatics, dynamic partnering and Not Man Apart’s unique [...]