Review: ‘Dido & Aeneas’ and ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’
What connects a 17th-century English Baroque opera, Dido & Aeneas, to an early 20th-century Hungarian opera based on a fairy tale, Bluebeard’s Castle? You could argue that both, currently on stage at LA Opera, are based on myths, or that both involve untrustworthy men, but I’d say the most obvious thread is the unmistakably creative [...][continue reading...]
The Los Angeles Philharmonic billed the Oct. 26 concert as a birthday tribute to “Hurricane Mama,” the iconic organ of Walt Disney Concert Hall. As a powerful storm must be handled with deft but equally powerful hands, the LA Phil called on the sorcerer from Finland, by way of London. Esa-Pekka Salonen, LA Phil’s conductor [...]Last Chance for LACO à la carte
For a transcendent musical evening, don’t miss Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s final installment in its “LACO à la carte” series. Experience chamber music as it was meant to be heard when six LACO musicians perform music by Haydn, Mozart, Ernst Toch and Hanns Eisler in an intimate setting at the Brentwood residence of the Consul [...]DVD Review: Marina Yakhlakova Plays Schubert and Liszt
The differences between the music of Schubert and Liszt may perhaps be best encapsulated in these composers’ preferred performance venues. Schubert, the forlorn poet and storyteller, enjoyed the intimacy of the living room; on the other hand, Liszt, the quintessential showman and virtuoso, embraced the packed audiences of the concert hall.
In a new Master Performers [...]
What connects a 17th-century English Baroque opera, Dido & Aeneas, to an early 20th-century Hungarian opera based on a fairy tale, Bluebeard’s Castle? You could argue that both, currently on stage at LA Opera, are based on myths, or that both involve untrustworthy men, but I’d say the most obvious thread is the unmistakably creative [...]
“A or B?” by multi-award-winning Ken Levine amazes in its world-premiere mounting at the Falcon Theatre. Levine’s script is full of pithy and witty one-liners, as to be expected of one whose creativity contributed to “MASH,” “Cheers,” “The Simpsons” and other TV hits. Andrew Barnicle firmly directs the pair of likeable, talented, easy-on-the-eyes actors at [...]
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed, Burbank-born b-boy Jacob “Kujo” Lyons is bringing his interdisciplinary dance and physical theater company, Lux Aeterna, to the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz for a single performance this Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Showcasing the troupe’s eclectic fusion of movement styles — contemporary, ballet, Brazilian capoeira, gymnastics, breakdance, circus and aerial arts — [...]
The West Coast premiere of John Biguenet’s “Broomstick” receives an eye-popping mounting at the Fountain Theatre, having the distinct advantage of the incredible Jenny O’Hara.
All due to O’Hara’s credit, I didn’t realize Biguenet’s script was completely written in verse. The words simply flowed out of her wicked, twisted mouth. O’Hara essays the unnamed character “Witch.” [...]
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents the Quatuor Mosaïques in a program featuring Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Culture Spot LA readers can enjoy 25 percent off tickets by using the code below.
Hear Beethoven’s most joyous string quartet and other works by favorite [...]
People like to say that music is the universal language, but on Sunday at Disney Hall the LA Phil concert was literally reflective of its universality, or at least its internationality. The conductor, Juanjo Mena, is from Spain; the piano soloist, Behzod Abduraimov, is from Uzbekistan; and they performed music by Prokofiev, a Russian, and [...]
Le Salon de Musiques opened their 2014-15 season on Oct. 12 in characteristic style – intellectual, affective, intimate and delivered with superb artistry. Director François Chouchan never ceases to amaze me with this series. Now in his fifth season, he has defined a unique niche among Los Angeles chamber music experiences far away from [...]
It’s 1962. A white man has been murdered on a hot August night in a small town in the deep South, and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. L.A. Theatre Works kicks off a national tour with five performances of John Ball’s sizzling 1965 noir thriller, “In the Heat of the [...]
Orchestra Santa Monica will kick off its 2014-15 season with “Heroic Beethoven and More!” on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m. at Barnum Hall. Culture Spot LA readers can win free tickets.
The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s dramatic “Egmont” Overture, celebrating the life and heroism of a 16th-century Dutch nobleman, and the emotional and provocative “Eroica” Symphony. [...]
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents the Smetana Trio in a celebration of Czech music on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Culture Spot LA readers can order half-price tickets by using the code below.
The program will include the best Czech classical pieces from Smetana, Suk and Martinu, as [...]