leadimage 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 [...]

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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 [...]

‘The Notebooks of Alexander Skryabin’ from Oxford University Press

Alexander Scriabin’s music was, arguably, the catalyst that set in motion Sergei Rachmaninoff’s career as a touring pianist. Synthesizing elements from Chopin and Russian music with uniquely personal spiritual beliefs, his art captivated audiences, as well as fellow musicians.
Yet after his untimely death in 1915 at the age of 43, his music would come to [...]

LACO Performs the Music of Juan Pablo Contreras

The popular notion which finds that Western classical music is so much “dead white men’s music” is a typical, if dutifully ignorant one which is held not only by people otherwise unaware of the genre, but even by some of its professional practitioners. In fact, even in Beethoven’s time non-white peoples living in Europe and [...]

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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 [...]

‘The Art of the Benshi’ at UCLA

Music, it is often said, is a universal language. If one accepts that, then one must also include a crucial dialect in that cosmopolitan idiom: cinema.
With the invention and evolution of motion pictures, the world suddenly became a smaller place. The reach of Hollywood in that history needs no further elaboration. But its rise also [...]

Meredith Monk’s ‘Cellular Songs’ at Royce Hall

Creating a parallel universe both entirely human and otherworldly, Meredith Monk’s latest soundscape, “Cellular Songs,” floats down to our planet for only one performance, this Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
Performed by the five women of the Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, this evening-length music theater piece includes [...]

Martha Graham Dance Company in Irvine and Northridge

Though born near Pittsburgh just before the turn of the 20th century, pioneering dancer/choreographer Martha Graham spent her teenage and young adult years right here in Southern California. Moving with her family to Santa Barbara when she was 14, she saw a performance of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn in Los Angeles, moved to [...]

Review: LA Phil plays Brahms chamber music

When desert island music is mentioned to us mere mortals, we think of music we’d like to hear. But not so for the musicians of the LA Phil who performed a concert of Brahms chamber music on Feb. 19. According to LA Phil violinist Mitch Newman, the three works on the program — the Piano [...]

Pacific Opera Project starts 2019 with ‘The Magic Flute’

Pacific Opera Project opens its 2019 season with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” as you’ve never seen it before — set in classic video games from the early 1980s — in a return to the El Portal Theatre. Performances take place on March 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, including two Sunday matinees. The “super” production [...]