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    On opening night for “The Woman in Black” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a full house was laughing out loud, especially early on. Later, they were jumping in their seats, gasping and screaming. The play, which entertained more than 8 million people over 28 years (making it London’s second longest-running West End play), has come to [...]

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Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Disney Hall

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Jean Sibelius was the most popular composer then living in the Anglosphere, not to mention in his native Scandinavia. Fame was a double-edged sword for the notoriously self-critical composer. Doubt, its flames stoked by alcoholism, gnawed away at his creative drive, aggravated further by the disdain of the modernists [...]

Review: Philip Glass’ ‘Satyagraha’ at LA Opera

Philip Glass’ Satyagraha is a complicated opera with many layers of thought and artistry. At the same time, it is a minimalist work that does not follow the rules of traditional opera. In other words, it is quintessential Glass. Which means you may already have formed an opinion about whether you will like LA Opera’s [...]

Verdi Chorus celebrates 35th anniversary

If you love opera and don’t know the Verdi Chorus, perhaps it’s time you did. Their 35th anniversary season culminates with Passione! Opera! for two performances only at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.
The Verdi Chorus is the only choral [...]

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at UCLA

As is often the case, choreographer/director/author and Kennedy Center Awardee Bill T. Jones is pushing the envelope. Having spent four years developing his new “Analogy Trilogy,” the ensemble is taking up residence on the Royce Hall stage to present the three pieces in succession in two shows Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. Presented [...]

East Indian music and ballet with Lines Ballet and Alonzo King at The Wallis

The San Francisco-based Lines Ballet and its innovative choreographer/director, Alonzo King, together with Grammy Award-winning tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and ninth-generation Sarangi master Sabir Khan bring their centuries-old artistic foundations to merge this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bram Goldsmith Theater of The Wallis.
This Southern California debut of the evening-length [...]

Free Tickets to Clapton, Eagles and Petty cover bands at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

For one night only! Kala Koa Entertainment presents “The Icons of Vinyl: The Ultimate Tribute Tour,” featuring Journeyman (music of Eric Clapton), Desperado (music of the Eagles), and The PettyBreakers (music of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.
Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of tickets to the concert. [...]

Cas Public at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

American modern dance pioneer Martha Graham brought her milieu to our northern neighbor in the middle of the 20th century. Like here, it was celebrated in the dance lexicon as a revolutionary means of movement expression. But Canada’s connection to this U.S.-founded art form is currently not very apparent. Our maple leaf colleague’s contemporary scene [...]

CD Review: Quartet San Francisco’s ‘A QSF Journey’

The new CD on Reference Recordings by the Quartet San Francisco (QSF), A QSF Journey, is a wonderful addition to the string quartet catalogue. The CD contains 12 tracks, many of which were either composed or arranged by the quartet’s founder and first violinist Jeremy Cohen and played to perfection by the quartet whose other [...]

Chris Walden Big Band at The Wallis

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music performed by many of the most sought-after artists, presents Chris Walden Big Band with a program that pays tribute to the Rat Pack era on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at The Wallis.
Walden, a [...]

Review: Dudamel conducts the LA Phil in the complete ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev composed his masterpiece ballet Romeo and Juliet in 1935. The LA Phil (founded in 1919) was already an established American orchestra at that time, but for the next 83 years it never performed the ballet in its entirety. At least not until this past weekend when LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel programmed [...]

Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at the Pasadena Playhouse

On opening night for “The Woman in Black” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a full house was laughing out loud, especially early on. Later, they were jumping in their seats, gasping and screaming. The play, which entertained more than 8 million people over 28 years (making it London’s second longest-running West End play), has come to [...]

Review: Season opener of Le Salon de Musiques

The 2018-19 season of Le Salon de Musiques opened spectacularly on Sunday, Oct. 7. For “Romantic Nostalgia,” Founder and Artistic Director Francois Chouchan programmed three works for string quartet: Henry Purcell’s “Chacony” in G minor (arranged by B. Britten), Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 [...]

Wayne McGregor’s ‘Autobiography’ at the Ahmanson Theatre

British contemporary dance choreographer Wayne McGregor is bringing his “Autobiography” to the Ahmanson Theatre for two shows this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. and a single show on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. Launching the 2018/2019 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, this Los Angeles [...]