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    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 — [...]

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Two New Scarlatti Discs From Igor Kamenz and Orion Weiss

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 [...]

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Two Versions of ‘The Nutcracker’ From Inland Pacific Ballet and City Ballet of Los Angeles

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 [...]

Free Tickets to Los Angeles Master Chorale

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 [...]

Review: Dr. John and the Nite Trippers at CAP UCLA

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 [...]

Review: Dudamel Conducts Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky

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: [...]

Rashaun Mitchell, Stephin Merritt, Ali Naschke-Messing ‘Performance’ at REDCAT

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 [...]

Free Tickets to Angel City Chorale

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will kick off the holidays with its festive annual winter concert and sing-along. This year’s 21st edition, Season of Wonder, will entertain audiences over two nights on Saturday, Dec. 6, and
 Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at Wilshire United [...]

Free Tickets to DakhaBrakha at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents Ukrainian punk-folk quartet DakhaBrakha in concert on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. DakhaBrakha is an award-winning Eastern European ethno-chaos quartet, driven by drums, cello and vocals from members Marko Halanevych, Olena Tsybulska, Iryna Kovalenko and Nina Garenetska. The world music event is part of DakhaBraka’s current U.S. and European [...]

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 — [...]

L-E-V at REDCAT

Our local global explorer of new and exciting live performance, the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT) presents a collaborating team of Israeli performing artists on stage this Thursday through Sunday (8:30 p.m., except 7 p.m. on Sunday). Going by the collective moniker of L-E-V, ex-Batsheva Dance Company house choreographer Sharon Eyal and [...]

Review: Ronnie Burkett’s Theatre of Marionettes

Ronnie Burkett’s Theatre of Marionettes (a.k.a. The Daisy Theatre) took audiences on a fun emotional rollercoaster this month at the Actors’ Gang venue at the Ivy Substation in Culver City. Although the cars must stay on the same rail every night, there’s enough of a mix in audience participation and raw improv to make you [...]