Review: ‘Billy Budd’ at LA Opera
They ought to have a rating system for the accessibility of operas. One through four. One is for operas like Carmen where the tunes are memorable, the sets and costumes colorful, and the drama clear and unequivocal. A four rating would be for operas that are the opposite. That way, potential patrons would have a [...][continue reading...]
Try getting through your daily routine without running into Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. You would be hard-pressed to enter a five-star restaurant or luxury retail store without “Spring” playing in the Muzak. In a world saturated with the Four Seasons, Anne Akiko Meyers has released her take on this iconic piece.
The Four Seasons, composed in [...]
Audiences with YouTube-length attention spans should rush over to the Groundlings Theatre for their latest comedic offerings of improv and sketches: “The Royal Grand Groundlings Hawaiian Resort and Spa.” “Saturday Night Live” could take a few pointers from this hilarious production. The 15 spoofs all ended with definitive endings, instead of just ending. The 100-minute show [...]Review: ‘Villon’ at the Odyssey Theatre
The bawdy adventures of a criminal/poet from the 15th century? That promise alone was enough to get me out to see the new production of “Villon” at the Odyssey Theatre. While Francois Villon is not a name familiar to most, for those in the know, the 15th-century French criminal/poet holds a lingering fascination. Contemporary artists [...]
In some ways, the LA Phil concert at Disney Hall on Saturday night was typical for Gustavo Dudamel. The concert featured two works: one contemporary—the Symphony No. 1 by John Corigliano—and one romantic—the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Brahms. Nevertheless, it could be argued that both works were romantic in a [...]
It was the week of the Oscars here in Tinseltown, and Disney Hall could not escape the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. In presenting Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Shakespearean Fantasy Overtures on Feb. 26 as part of its TchaikovskyFest, the LA Philharmonic collaborated with a star-studded cast that included Orlando Bloom, Robert Sean Leonard, Joe Morton [...]
In the fog of a mid-life crisis, Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa almost gave up music. Now, she is among today’s most popular classical musicians with a global concert career and a Decca recording contract. Lisitsa will make her American Youth Symphony (AYS) debut performing Rachmaninoff’s scintillating Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini at the orchestra’s Springtime [...]
Jacaranda is waiving admission to its next concert, on March 8 at 8 p.m., in honor of its 10th anniversary. This free “Continental Harmony” concert will be devoted entirely to the Lyris Quartet, playing 20th-century American string quartet repertoire spanning 80 years.
Lyris will open with their debut performance of the String Quartet No. 2 by [...]
Steppenwolf Theatre Co-founder Jeff Perry (Scandal) directs the Los Angeles premiere of “A Steady Rain,” the Broadway sensation by Keith Huff (Mad Men, House of Cards) that will have audiences on the edge of their seats. In this riveting crime drama, two Chicago beat cops confess to the misdeeds and mistakes that have tipped their [...]
An African-American attorney with a career on the rise is shocked to discover she has an Iraqi half-sister, who comes to the United States with a questionable agenda, in Wendy Graf’s newest play, Closely Related Keys, a hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures. Directed by Shirley Jo Finney, the world premiere of Closely [...]
The ingenious use of technical effects make for an all-encompassing Disneyland-esque ride, otherwise known as Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter,” currently at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Like a live organ accompanying a silent black-and-white film punctuates the suspense of a film noir melodrama, director/adaptor Emma Rice uses specific sound effects and video [...]
They ought to have a rating system for the accessibility of operas. One through four. One is for operas like Carmen where the tunes are memorable, the sets and costumes colorful, and the drama clear and unequivocal. A four rating would be for operas that are the opposite. That way, potential patrons would have a [...]
On Feb. 22, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s first and sixth symphonies at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
This was the second concert of the LA Phil’s Tchaikovsky Festival, which began on Feb. 20 and will run through March 2. Over the course of the week, Dudamel will lead the LA [...]
Perla Batalla will be in concert with Karen Hammack and special guest Rick Batalla at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. Deftly moving through musical genres, Perla will perform a variety of classic and original material in both English and Spanish, including selections from her award-winning “Mestiza” song cycle, her [...]