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Review: Jeffrey Kahane’s Swan Song with LACO

Saturday night’s concert of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale was a concert mostly of lasts. It was the last concert of LACO’s 2016-2017 season (repeated on Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall). It was also the last concert for Jeffrey Kahane as music director. The program featured two major [...]

Steve Tyrell at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center

Bantering with his audience at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center on May 20, Steve Tyrell seems to be a man completely comfortable and in his element, as if he’s been doing this his entire life. Only he hasn’t. He came to his singing career in his mid-40s more by happenstance and has since gone on [...]

Review: Dudamel and LA Phil Perform Schubert Symphonies 5 & 6 and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic heralded the arrival of spring with a series of concerts in May exploring all nine symphonies of Franz Schubert, paired with the song cycles of Gustav Mahler — Songs of a Wayfarer, Kindertotenlieder, Rückert Lieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn. This reviewer attended the May 18 concert that featured [...]

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Review: Dudamel Conducts Schubert and Mahler III

On Sunday afternoon, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in the last concert of his Schubert/Mahler series by performing Schubert’s Symphonies No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (“Unfinished”) and No. 9 in C major, D. 944 (“Great”), and songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler.
Dudamel opened the concert with a powerful performance of Schubert’s [...]

Matthew Bourne Brings ‘Early Adventures’ to the Wallis

Matthew Bourne is a British choreographer who likes to tell stories with movement. His UK-based company, New Adventures, has visited Los Angeles several times with productions such as an all-male “Swan Lake,” “Play Without Words” and “The Car Man.” This weekend, he brings “Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures,” a program of his first choreographies, to the [...]

Review: Dudamel Conducts Schubert and Mahler II

On Saturday night, Gustavo Dudamel continued his exploration of the Schubert Symphonies and Mahler song cycles with the Symphonies No. 3 and 4 by Schubert and Kindertotenlieder by Mahler.
Dudamel’s pairing of the Schubert symphonies and Mahler song cycles is one of those programming ideas that one must hear before passing judgment. But if the first [...]

Film Review: ‘The Constitution’ by Rajko Grlić

In spite of being shown at an obscure film festival  — SEEFF, or South East European Film Festival — and in spite of dealing with the consequences of now-obscure conflicts that two decades ago dismembered Yugoslavia, “The Constitution,” by Croatian director Rajko Grlić, touches your heart and soul — and lingers in your mind longer [...]

Jeanine Durning in Chinatown

Jeanine Durning is one ferocious dancer. Over the years, she’s enlivened the work of a diverse group of experimental dance makers in New York and was recently seen on the Royce Hall stage in the work of Judson Church choreographic innovator Deborah Hay. Internationally, she has served as a consultant to the Motion Bank, a [...]

Free Tickets to Los Angeles Dance Festival

The Los Angeles Dance Festival celebrates the LA dance community by hosting 45 companies for dozens of top-quality showcase performances. This annual event features an array of dance classes, workshops and performances mixing different dance styles from modern to avant-garde. LADF is co-produced by Brockus Project, under the direction of Deborah Brockus and Theater Raymond [...]

Review: Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Schubert’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with Michelle DeYoung

After being away for three months, LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has returned to conduct four series of concerts featuring the complete symphonies by Franz Schubert and the song cycles of Gustav Mahler. He opened the series this week with the Schubert’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82, and Symphony No. 2 [...]

Kyle Abraham Brings Abraham.In.Motion Dance to Santa Monica

Recently relocated to the faculty at UCLA’s World Arts and Culture/Dance Department, 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham is bringing his award-winning New York-based dance company, Abraham.In.Motion to The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage this weekend for only two shows, Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the California premieres of “The Quiet [...]

Paul Taylor Dance at the Wallis in Beverly Hills

Paul Taylor is one of the pioneers of modern dance. He showed his first choreographies in New York in 1954. Since then, his company has performed in over 500 cities in 64 countries across the globe. Having created a strong, athletic, grounded technique and a repertory of 146 dances, his impact on the art form is [...]

Review: Philippe Jordan Conducts the LA Phil in Excerpts from Wagner’s ‘Der Ring Des Nibelungen’

Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan was in town this past weekend to conduct the LA Phil in a series of concerts featuring excerpts from Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, including well-known selections from Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.
The four dramatic operas that comprise the Wagner Ring cycle are some of the only operas [...]