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DVD Review: Marina Yakhlakova Plays Schubert and Liszt

The differences between the music of Schubert and Liszt may perhaps be best encapsulated in these composers’ preferred performance venues. Schubert, the forlorn poet and storyteller, enjoyed the intimacy of the living room; on the other hand, Liszt, the quintessential showman and virtuoso, embraced the packed audiences of the concert hall.
In a new Master Performers [...]

Vox Lumiere’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Kevin Saunders Hayes, a composer and songwriter, came up with the idea for Vox Lumiere nearly 15 years ago when he picked up some old silent movie DVDs in a dollar store bargain bin. The films were interesting on their own, but could they, he wondered, be made more entertaining for today’s audiences? Hayes applied [...]

Review: Pacific Opera Project Presents ‘Tosca’

Pacific Opera Project, known for their “POP-up” operas that take place in diverse spaces around town, has just popped up again with Tosca, their first effort of the fall season. In a stroke of supreme savvy, Director Josh Shaw found a venue that is perfectly tailored to the subject and settings of Puccini’s 1900 opera: [...]

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Discount Tickets to Quatuor Mosaiques

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents the Quatuor Mosaïques in a program featuring Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Culture Spot LA readers can enjoy 25 percent off tickets by using the code below.
Hear Beethoven’s most joyous string quartet and other works by favorite [...]

Review: Juanjo Mena and Behzod Abduraimov Perform Prokofiev and Dvořák With the LA Phil

People like to say that music is the universal language, but on Sunday at Disney Hall the LA Phil concert was literally reflective of its universality, or at least its internationality. The conductor, Juanjo Mena, is from Spain; the piano soloist, Behzod Abduraimov, is from Uzbekistan; and they performed music by Prokofiev, a Russian, and [...]

Review: Le Salon de Musiques Opens 2014-15 Season

Le Salon de Musiques opened their 2014-15 season on Oct. 12 in characteristic style – intellectual, affective, intimate and delivered with superb artistry.   Director François Chouchan never ceases to amaze me with this series. Now in his fifth season, he has defined a unique niche among Los Angeles chamber music experiences far away from [...]

Free Tickets to ‘In the Heat of the Night’ at UCLA

It’s 1962. A white man has been murdered on a hot August night in a small town in the deep South, and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. L.A. Theatre Works kicks off a national tour with five performances of John Ball’s sizzling 1965 noir thriller, “In the Heat of the [...]

Free Tickets to Orchestra Santa Monica

Orchestra Santa Monica will kick off its 2014-15 season with “Heroic Beethoven and More!” on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m. at Barnum Hall. Culture Spot LA readers can win free tickets.
The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s dramatic “Egmont” Overture, celebrating the life and heroism of a 16th-century Dutch nobleman, and the emotional and provocative “Eroica” Symphony. [...]

Discount Tickets to Smetana Trio

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents the Smetana Trio in a celebration of Czech music on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Culture Spot LA readers can order half-price tickets by using the code below.
The program will include the best Czech classical pieces from Smetana, Suk and Martinu, as [...]

CD Review: Kansas City Symphony’s ‘Miraculous Metamorphoses’

When one thinks of great American orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the Boston, Chicago and Cleveland Symphony orchestras come to mind. Even the St. Louis, San Francisco and Dallas Symphony orchestras may be mentioned. But the Kansas City Symphony?
A recent CD on Reference Recordings featuring the Kansas City Symphony (KCS) conducted [...]

Review: ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?’

Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” receives a stunning mounting at the L.A. LGBT Center. Ken Sawyer directs his talented cast with precision at a breakneck pace for a very sleek, efficient 90 minutes. Albee, renowned for his deep dramas of troubled real people, actually allows some very funny exchanges in this extremely [...]

LA Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ in Roaring Twenties Style

When the name Domingo is mentioned in relation to Los Angeles Opera, the first thought is naturally about its director, maestro Plácido. And in this production of La Traviata, the big draw — the ne plus ultra —is Plácido singing the part of père Germont. The roars of approval after every snatch of song by [...]

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Pairs Intimate Salon Performances with International Cuisine

“LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising events presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Australia, Austria, Finland, France and Germany. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each unique evening features [...]