Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution at the Skirball
From the relatively obscure Moby Grape to the iconic Rolling Stones, many of the music greats from the ’60s to the ’80s are at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles right now. “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” brings together music and memorabilia from an era of incredible artistic output to illustrate [...][continue reading...]
If you want to hear great chamber music performed by outstanding musicians in an intimate atmosphere where you’re only a few feet from the performers, and then be treated to Champagne and delicious treats from Patina, then you need to know about Le Salon de Musiques Chamber Music Series.
For the past five years, one Sunday [...]
On Saturday night, Gustavo Dudamel led the LA Phil in an almost-all-Ravel program, including Le tombeau de Couperin, the Concerto for the Left Hand with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist, and Boléro. Also on the program was the world premiere of a work for solo baritone and orchestra, titled True Fire, commissioned by the LA Phil [...]Review: ‘The House of Yes’ at the Zephyr Theatre
I’ve always liked a good horror story, and Wendy MacLeod’s 1990 play The House of Yes fits the bill quite nicely, though not in the way one might expect. This is essentially a domestic drama twined with a morality play, lacquered over with a spooky gothic glaze. It’s a combination that works well when done [...]
It’s unusual to find stagings of science fiction or fantasy plays, so it is encouraging to know that some folks are remedying that for Los Angeles audiences. Co-founded by veteran theater producers Michael Blaha and Lee Costello and actor David Dean Bottrell (Boston Legal), SCI-FEST L.A.: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival debuted [...]
This past Sunday LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel returned to the podium to conduct a program of works by two of the three Bs — Brahms and Bach.
The first half of the program was devoted to a performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Brahms, with Yefim Bronfman [...]
From the relatively obscure Moby Grape to the iconic Rolling Stones, many of the music greats from the ’60s to the ’80s are at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles right now. “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” brings together music and memorabilia from an era of incredible artistic output to illustrate [...]
On May 5, members of the LA Phil, joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman, performed a chamber music concert of works by Brahms and Smetana. The concert was like a fine wine in one respect: it got better as it aged.
The concert opened with the Trio in A minor, Op. 114 for viola, cello and piano [...]
To our great springtime fortune, hometown theater collective Poor Dog Group will be back in the house! After having presented “The Murder Ballad (1938)” in the 2012 New Original Works Festival at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the company has been invited to reprise the evening-length movement-based theater piece this Thursday through Saturday, [...]
The Estonian conductor (and American citizen since 1980) Neeme Järvi led the LA Phil in a program of works by Brahms (Tragic Overture, Op. 81 and Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98) and Joseph Suk (Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 24) in a Saturday matinee concert on April 18.
The program started with [...]
It has been quite a season for world-renowned pianists at Disney Hall, including Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Martha Argerich, András Schiff, Murray Perahia, Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. On Tuesday night, the French pianist Hélène Grimaud was the latest, performing a unique and personal program. It was, in fact, a tale of two halves.
The first [...]
Though it was quite a few decades ago when the legendary pioneering dancer/choreographer Martha Graham spent a part of her teenage years in Santa Barbara, her still-operating New York City-based dance company is visiting the Southland this weekend. Presenting only one performance at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, [...]
Don’t miss one of the most talked-about concerts in the history of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Water becomes an extraordinary and transformative musical instrument taking center stage as it flows, drips, gurgles, splashes, bubbles and crashes to create a staggering array of percussive sounds when the Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, [...]
Coming back to Shakespeare after some time away can be somewhat daunting. It definitely takes some cultural recalibrating to wrap your head around the Elizabethan mindset, the cultural references, and especially the archaic language. Who but a scholar could be expected to know what a younker is — or an estridge, or a gurnet, or [...]