Review: ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ at LA Opera
I was reminded while watching LA Opera’s latest production, Florencia en el Amazonas, of the 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog’s epic tale of a dreamer who wants to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Referring to the film’s infamous feat of hauling a 320-ton paddle steamer over a mountain — [...][continue reading...]
The keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti have undergone somewhat of a revival as of late, with multiple artists recording personal selections from Scarlatti’s enormous output of over 550 sonatas. Here, we review two recent offerings, one by Russian pianist Igor Kamenz, recording on the French label Naïve, and another by American pianist Orion Weiss, recording [...]Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Heroic ‘Eroica’ With the LA Phil
They say that you can never go home again, but 30 years after his U.S. conducting debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, now LA Phil Conductor Laureate, has come home again. He has moved back to LA after living in London for several years where he was principal conductor for the Philharmonia Orchestra [...]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 [...]
On Saturday night, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the long-standing music director of the Ft. Worth Symphony (and previous associate conductor of the LA Phil), conducted the LA Phil in a program of music by Lizst, Chopin and Prokofiev.
The program opened with a spirited rendition of the Lizst Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Without a score, Harth-Bedoya wonderfully rendered [...]
Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, in partnership with the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, brings Les Lutins du Court-Métrage 2014 to Los Angeles as part of its public performing arts series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. A selection of 2014’s best French short [...]
The “Foxcatcher” movie is a fair recounting of an event that once again proves that truth is stranger than fiction.
Sadly, it feels more like a documentary rather than a feature film. Although the events leading to the tragic denouement are close to the facts, the actors in this drama leave the viewer with a misrepresentation [...]
Whether camping it up with a debauched La Calisto, or playing it straight outdoors atop church rooftops in Tosca, Pacific Opera Project (POP) never fails to deliver surprising twists on the traditional. In the case of Puccini’s La Bohème, Director and Company Founder Josh Shaw has abandoned the traditional fin de siècle Parisian setting, instead [...]
On Monday I tried out a new restaurant in Westwood. When I came out, I was surprised to see the lights on at the Crest Theatre (it’s been closed for about four years). It was almost 8 p.m., and the movie title was intriguing: “Inside the Mind of Leonardo.” I bought a ticket.
For the younger [...]
It’s that time of year . . . again. Angelenos revving up for holiday festivities can return to or introduce our young to Southern California’s take on a Christmas dance tradition. Inland Pacific Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” and City Ballet of Los Angeles’ “The Nutcracker Swings” rain down on our region this weekend and thereafter in venues [...]
Adding a final flourish to the holiday season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two concerts of Handel’s “Messiah” on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, 7 p.m., at Disney Hall.
Featuring 40 members of the acclaimed chorus, orchestra and four gifted soloists from the Chorale’s [...]
Dr. John brought his “Nite Trippers” to Royce Hall on Dec. 6 — and the walls are still reverberating. To quote him: “Such a night!?” And to quote the woman sitting next to me: “I never knew a piano had so many notes.” Let’s be clear — Dr. John is the man who put “forte” in “piano [...]
After more than a month’s absence from the LA Phil, Dudamel returned in late November to conduct his final series of concerts for the year. And if the concert on Dec. 7 was any indication, he’s returned refreshed and energized, although he didn’t spend that month lying on a beach somewhere.
Sunday’s concert included three works: [...]
In its usual role of bringing unconventional dance, music, theater and multimedia to Los Angeles audiences, REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater) hosts New York-based movement artist Rashaun Mitchell and his quiver of collaborators Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 4-7. Presenting the show “Performance,” at 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 7 [...]