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    One of the most exciting cultural institutions in the LA area is, without a doubt, Long Beach Opera. With Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek at the helm, Long Beach Opera has become known for producing fresh, genre-defying, highly artistic and inventive operas like “Frida Kahlo” (read our review), “The Invention of Morel” (read our [...]

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‘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 [...]

Sarah Gibson Premieres Composition With LACO

Peter Oundjian, formerly of the Tokyo String Quartet, has put his chamber music days behind him and has now taken up the baton, accruing to the critical plaudits he has earned over a lifetime as a chamber music partner. Southern California audiences will get an opportunity to hear him in this latest guise when he [...]

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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 [...]

Review: LACO performs Tchaikovsky, Dohnányi and Contreras

A Russian in Italy, a Hungarian in Florida and a Mexican in California. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s latest program in its In Focus series, which was held Feb. 15 at The Huntington Gardens’ Rothenberg Hall, explored the works of three globe-trotting composers whose travels (and lives) led them wandering far from their native lands.
Tchaikovsky’s [...]

Ate9 Dance at the Wallis

On the local contemporary dance scene since 2013 and now touring across the country, the Ate9 Dance Company premieres its newest work, “a blind LAdy” in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Directed and choreographed by Israeli-born Danielle [...]

Review: Jacaranda Music performs Mahler

Admirers and detractors of Gustav Mahler can often agree at least on one thing: The man had a rare gift for effective orchestration. From the groaning solo contrabass in the First Symphony, to the “bird of death” in the Resurrection, to the disintegrating chamber-like textures of his Ninth and Tenth Symphonies, Mahler’s virtuosic exploitation of [...]

Review: Dilijan Chamber Series Mansurian Birthday Concert

In a recent interview, Tigran Mansurian said he considered himself a musical “grandson” of Dmitri Shostakovich, the doyen of Soviet composers during the mid-20th century. As with his friends and colleagues Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Andrei Volkonsky and Edison Denisov, among others who stood at the head of the post-Shostakovich avant-garde in the former Soviet [...]

Kevin Williamson + Company at the Odyssey Dance Festival

The third annual Dance at the Odyssey Festival concludes this weekend with three performances by Kevin Williamson + Company on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Williamson and a handful of collaborating movement artists will premiere “Gnarled,” a collection of duets that explore themes [...]

French Choreographer Jérôme Bel Brings “Gala” to Downtown LA

Subscribing to the philosophy that dance is an all-inclusive activity and performance is just an extension of that, celebrated dance maker Jérôme Bel returns to Los Angeles courtesy of the Center for the Art of Performance and the Ford Theatres. His intergenerational company features 20 professional dancers, non-dancers, women and men with a range of [...]

Review: Long Beach Opera’s ‘The Black Cat’

One of the most exciting cultural institutions in the LA area is, without a doubt, Long Beach Opera. With Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek at the helm, Long Beach Opera has become known for producing fresh, genre-defying, highly artistic and inventive operas like “Frida Kahlo” (read our review), “The Invention of Morel” (read our [...]

Experimental Dance/Art at REDCAT

Following an enthusiastic viral response to the work-in-progress showing in last summer’s New Original Works Festival at REDCAT, Sebastian Hernandez will present a fully realized run of his dance/art project, “Hypanthium,” at the downtown theater below Disney Hall this Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 24-26, at 8:30 p.m.
This evening-length premiere is described in promotional materials as [...]