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    On May 17, the LA Phil, conducted by Dudamel and joined by five well-known pianists, embarked on a week-long series of concerts featuring the five piano concertos by Beethoven.
    Sunday’s concert, surprisingly, was a very classical one, including Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op. 84, Haydn’s Symphony, No. 104 in D major, H. 104, “London,” and Beethoven’s Piano [...]

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Review: LA Opera’s ‘El Gato Montés’

LA Opera’s 1994 production of Manuel Penella’s “El Gato Montés” starred Plácido Domingo as the bullfighter. In the 2019 production, he’s the titular Wildcat, taking on the darker character in the love triangle. Who would have guessed 25 years had passed when Domingo walked out on stage this month? In the spotlight against a pitch-black [...]

Review: Salonen conducts Stravinsky

On Saturday night, Esa-Pekka Salonen returned (did he ever really leave?) to Southern California to conduct his old band in three works by Stravinsky: Funeral Song, Agon and The Rite of Spring.
In fact, Salonen is in town for several weeks conducting the LA Phil. Over two weeks, he will conduct all Stravinsky programs. On Saturday, [...]

Review: Cameron Carpenter plays Bach at Disney Hall

On Sunday night the American organist Cameron Carpenter wowed and dazzled what one organ series subscriber called the largest crowd she had ever seen for an organ recital in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Carpenter obviously has a following.
Carpenter most recently played in WDCH this past November when he performed the Concerto for Organ and Orchestra [...]

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Review: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven and Haydn with Lang Lang

On May 17, the LA Phil, conducted by Dudamel and joined by five well-known pianists, embarked on a week-long series of concerts featuring the five piano concertos by Beethoven.
Sunday’s concert, surprisingly, was a very classical one, including Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op. 84, Haydn’s Symphony, No. 104 in D major, H. 104, “London,” and Beethoven’s Piano [...]

Santa Monica Symphony closes season with Verdi, Rachmaninov and Brahms

The Santa Monica Symphony shines a spotlight on emerging talent in the final concert of its 74th season. The winner of the Symphony’s 2019 Piano Concerto Competition, Nicholas Méndez Del Valle, will be performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
The program will open with Verdi’s compelling Overture to “La Forza del Destino” and close with Brahms’ [...]

Numi Opera inaugural season opens with Zemlinsky’s ‘Der Zwerg’

Numi Opera and its inaugural production — Alexander Von Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg based on a story by Oscar Wilde — is announced. Directed by Numi Opera Executive Director Gail R. Gordon with musical direction by Christopher Luthi, the rarely performed opera will have two performances on Thursday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2, at [...]

Discount tickets to Philharmonic Society of Orange County concert with Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Jeremy Denk

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering Culture Spot LA readers a discount on tickets to its Thursday, May 9, concert featuring Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Jeremy Denk.
20% OFF TICKETS TO
Joshua Bell-Steven Isserlis-Jeremy Denk
THURSDAY | MAY 9, 2019 | 8 P.M.
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
A musical dream [...]

Review: Salonen Conducts the Pines of Rome

LA Phil’s Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Solenen was still in town this past weekend from his two-week Stravinsky extravaganza to conduct another series of concerts featuring 20th-century works, including Ibéria by Debussy, Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand (with Igor Levit as soloist), Esa (In cauda V) by Franco Donatoni and The Pines of Rome by [...]

Chinese fairy tale comes to life with Ballet Preljocaj at the Soraya

Making its debut at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya), Aix-en-Provence-based Ballet Preljocaj (pronounced Prel-zho-cazh) will present its 2016 creation “La Fresque (or The Painting on the Wall)” on Thursday, April 18, at 8 p.m. Based on “The Mural,” a Chinese traditional folk story first published in 1740, the [...]

Los Angeles Dance Festival opens this weekend

For the seventh year running, the Los Angeles Dance Festival takes center stage to highlight the breadth of contemporary dance created by and with LA dancers and choreographers. Both concert and commercial (Hollywood) artists will strut their stuff April 12 to 28 at three theaters and four community centers across the city. Funded in part [...]

Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Aratani Theatre

The libretto for Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is in Italian, but the characters are American and Japanese. What if, Pacific Opera Project asked, we rewrote this opera in English and Japanese? Sounds amazing, right? … Well, it is!
On April 6, Pacific Opera Project and its inspired artistic director Josh Shaw premiered an English and Japanese “Madama [...]

Review: Open Fist Theatre Company’s ‘What Matters Now?/! (Another Political Pop-Up of the Theatrical Kind)’

You would not be unusual if the 24-hour news cycle over the past year made you want to hide your head in the sand. The craziness of the political and social climate in our nation can often get hard to bear. But Open Fist Theatre Company’s latest production at the Atwater Village Theatre, “What Matters [...]

Open Fist Theatre Company presents ‘What Matters Now?/!’

Open Fist Theatre Company and Artistic Director Martha Demson have created a relaxed speakeasy setting for their latest show at the Atwater Village Theatre. “What Matters Now?/! (Another Political Pop-Up of the Theatrical Kind)” brings to the stage works by 11 playwrights from around the country who have something to say about our nation’s social [...]