Review: LA Opera’s ‘La Bohème’ Redux
I’ve lost exact count, but this is LA Opera’s sixth or seventh revival of the Herbert Ross production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” first launched in 1993. Depending on how many times inveterate operagoers have seen this production, one could hope for a new one. However, this remains one of the more detailed and impressive sets [...][continue reading...]
The recent recording of two 19th-century cello concertos — the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonín Dvořák and the Cello Concerto in D minor by the French composer Édouard Lalo — performed by German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic led by the young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, is an [...]Dance Review: Lil Buck in ‘What Moves You’ at the Broad Stage
A few years back, a Memphis, Tenn., youngster named Charles Riley picked up on the street dance craze exploding through his neighborhood. A mixture of quick footwork, a rippling torso and sinuous arms, “jookin” has gone far beyond its Volunteer State roots. Now, this young man is one of the more prominent exponents of the [...]Review: ‘The Superhero and His Charming Wife’ from Not Man Apart at Highways Performance Space
You never know what you’re going to find at the myriad of “99 seat” theaters in Los Angeles. On any given weekend night, you can choose from romances, comedies, character studies and personal odysseys, to name a few. What you don’t normally find much of is so-called Theatre of the Absurd. Maybe because it’s difficult [...]
I’ve lost exact count, but this is LA Opera’s sixth or seventh revival of the Herbert Ross production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” first launched in 1993. Depending on how many times inveterate operagoers have seen this production, one could hope for a new one. However, this remains one of the more detailed and impressive sets [...]
Art, music and dance are often used in therapeutic settings to help patients overcome psychological difficulties. But choreographers/writers/performers Ally Voye and Carmela Hermann Dietrich took it a step further in creating and presenting their hour-long dance/theater work “In Plain Sight” at the Bootleg Theater this past weekend. With collaborating performers Bill Ratner and Leah Rothman, [...]
What is the path we take to find love in a harsh world? Colleen Camp Productions and CRAZYface Productions LLC present a fresh new production of Gruesome Playground Injuries, directed by John Hindman and starring Sara Rae Foster (Showtime’s Masters of Sex) and Jeff Ward (Lifetime’s Manson’s Lost Girls). Rajiv Joseph’s poignant and darkly comic [...]
Renowned British actor/writer/director Steven Berkoff will direct a rare production of Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 expressionist play The Hairy Ape at West L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre through July 3.
O’Neill’s harrowing critique of class stratification is the story of Robert “Yank” Smith, a brutish ship laborer who searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by [...]
Orchestra Santa Monica presents “From France to Vienna” on Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m. The concert will feature Conductor Allen Robert Gross and pianist Steven Vanhauwaert in a program of Beethoven and Saint-Saëns.
Beethoven: Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus”
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
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If you like chamber music by the world’s greatest composers, both known and unknown, performed by renowned musicians in an intimate setting, then Le Salon de Musiques is for you. The brainchild of French-American pianist Francois Chouchan, Le Salon de Musiques has been hosting chamber music salons on the fifth floor of the Dorothy [...]
Back in the days after ballet was remodeled into weight-bearing modern dance, after choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage brought chance encounters front and center, and just as the Judson Church revolutionaries de-constructed movement into post-modernism, Steve Paxton explored how “untrained” bodies could develop a dance form that came to be known as Contact [...]
At Walt Disney Concert Hall, the standing ovation at the end of the recital provides a fairly accurate barometer for the enthusiasm level in the hall. At the conclusion of Murray Perahia’s recital on April 24, the standing ovation was unusually swift and extended, and the audience filled the hall with loud applause that persisted [...]
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents eighth blackbird on Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. Multi-Grammy-winning contemporary classical ensemble eighth blackbird teams up with composer supergroup Sleeping Giant for “Hand Eye,” an all-new suite of six pieces, each piece crafted by one Sleeping Giant composer and highlighting one eighth blackbird musician. There will be [...]
Conductor James Gaffigan returned to Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall with pianist Stephen Hough to an enthusiastic audience on April 11, the last of their three performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra by its nature is a crowd-pleaser. Written after almost 30 years [...]