Review: Martha Argerich Performs Schumann with the LA Phil
On Feb. 12, the famed pianist Martha Argerich returned to Los Angeles to perform the Piano Concert in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann. Also on the program were Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24. The LA Phil was led by guest conductor Juraj [...][continue reading...]
With “A Carlin Home Companion, Growing Up With George,” Kelly Carlin gives audiences a gift: an entertaining night of George Carlin’s comedy (presented through video clips) wrapped in an uplifting story of self-discovery. The triumphant one-woman show, directed by Paul Provenza, continues through March 1 at the intimate Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake.
Kelly shares a [...]
On the beautiful, sunny afternoon of Feb. 8, the English conductor Andrew Manze led an equally sunny all-classical program featuring the Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 (”Haffner”) and the Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major, K. 495 by Mozart, and the Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major and the Symphony No. 104 [...]Review: LA Opera’s ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’
With John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles,” LA Opera delivers a spectacle of epic proportions. The giant pink elephant Patti LuPone rides onstage seems miniature in comparison.
When the curtain rose to reveal the theater of Versailles, the audience bubbled with oohs and aahs, applauding the ornate scenery by Alexander Dodge and sumptuous costumes by Linda [...]
Returning to home turf after a year on the road, Los Angeles’ own contemporary dance ambassadors BODYTRAFFIC will unveil a program of new and exciting work at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica this Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Having performed to sold-out houses in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia [...]
The latest in the “Pittsburgh Live!” series from Reference Recordings is a jaw-dropping performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major (“Romantic”) that is engrossing and thrilling.
In this recording, Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck takes seriously Bruckner’s own program as a secular symphony about nature—hence the subtitle, “Romantic”—which Honeck contrasts primarily [...]
On Feb. 12, the famed pianist Martha Argerich returned to Los Angeles to perform the Piano Concert in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann. Also on the program were Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24. The LA Phil was led by guest conductor Juraj [...]
Is there a fine line between creation and destruction? How can composers Arnold Schoenberg, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Carlo Gesualdo balance the chaos of their creativity with their need for love? Playwright Tommy Smith and Director Chris Fields (the team behind last season’s “Firemen”) trace three real-life love triangles in a passionate tale of intrigue, jealousy [...]
This Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12 and 13, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA welcomes MacArthur Genius Award-winning choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company, Abraham.In.Motion, to the venerable Royce Hall for two different programs at 8 p.m.
The artist and his renowned collaborators (Glenn Ligon’s sets and Robert Glasper’s music) will present two [...]
Jacaranda’s “ICONO-GRAPHIC” event at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica on Jan. 30 was an extraordinary celebration of Peter Maxwell Davies’ 80th birthday featuring his iconic multimedia fusion of imagery, dance and music, Vesalii Icones. Thomas Adès’ Lieux retrouvés (“Places Remembered”) for cello and piano and three Los Angeles premieres by Irish composer Gerald [...]
Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, presents Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà in Concert on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Prominent French-Canadian violin virtuoso Angèle Dubeau, accompanied by her sensational all-female classical string ensemble, La Pietà, will perform material from the luminous “Blanc,” Dubeau’s latest album, [...]
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 [...]