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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 [...]

Review: Pianist Dang Thai Son Performs at Cal State Fullerton

One doesn’t often get the chance to hear a performance by a First Prize winner and Gold Medalist of the International Chopin Piano Competition, but that chance occurred Friday night at Meng Concert Hall in the Clayes Performing Arts Center at California State University Fullerton with a performance by Dang Thai Son, who earned the [...]

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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 [...]

Malpaso Dance Company at The Wallis and the Irvine Barclay Theatre

As the relationship between our nation and our island neighbor Cuba has resurrected, the Malpaso Dance Company brings its powerhouse contemporary dance to the Southland for four shows in the next two weeks. Presenting distinctly different programs in each of two locales, the visitors will perform this Wednesday, March 20, at 8 p.m. at the [...]

Batsheva Dance brings ‘Venezuela’ to Royce Hall

Acclaimed Tel Aviv-based and internationally touring contemporary dance company Batsheva Dance brings a 2017 work created by its now-Resident Choreographer and then-Artistic Director Ohad Naharin to the Royce Hall stage for two performances this Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.
Presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, “Venezuela” [...]

Review: Mozart’s ‘The Clemency of Titus’ at LA Opera

Though commissioned to celebrate the coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791, and based on Titus Flavius Vespasianus who became emperor of Rome in 79 A.D., Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” speaks to our current state of affairs. The opera champions a merciful ruler who demonstrates love and forgiveness for a young patrician (and [...]

Review: Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s Ninth

This past weekend, Gustavo Dudamel undertook the Herculean task of conducting Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in D major four times! It was Herculean not only because the running time for the symphony is approximately 90 minutes, but also because of the immense physical, intellectual and emotional demands on the conductor, not to mention the [...]

CD Reviews: Mahler, Elgar, Copland, Busoni, Shostakovich, Lipatti

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding) [Harmonia Mundi] – British conductor Daniel Harding ventures into the second installment of what promises to be a new integral cycle of the composer’s symphonies. Listening to it one can only ask: why? The Harmonia Mundi production is excellent, with great sense of space, as [...]