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Review: Dudamel Conducts Bernstein and Beethoven

April 23, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

What do you get when you combine the most exciting young conductor in the world today with one of the world’s best symphony orchestras which he helped to build, a renowned master chorale and talented vocalists performing arguably the greatest symphony ever written — the Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Beethoven, Op. 125 [...]



Review of ‘Keith Moon: The Real Me’

April 16, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Entertainment and Events, Theater and Dance

On April 15, Mick Berry ended the one-month run at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood of his one-man show, “Keith Moon: The Real Me.” The show resumes for three nights only at the Dragon Theatre in Redwood City on April 20.
Keith Moon, like so many rock stars, was a light that burned brightly and briefly, [...]



Music Review: Sir András Schiff Performs Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven at Disney Hall

April 9, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

In the past several years, the Hungarian pianist Sir András Schiff has performed several times at Walt Disney Concert Hall. His programs have been ambitious to say the least. For example, across two seasons, from 2008 to 2009, Schiff performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas. Then across two more seasons, from 2012 to [...]



Review: Herbert Blomstedt Conducts LA Phil

March 19, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

There are many young exciting conductors on the classical music scene today. But there are still some exciting old conductors as well. And if Sunday’s LA Phil concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall is any indication, Herbert Blomstedt is near the top of the list. The nonagenarian (he was born in 1927) was in town [...]



Review: Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma Perform Brahms at Disney Hall

March 5, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday night, while Hollywood celebrities were celebrating their accomplishments in film and many Angelenos were watching the Academy Awards, an almost packed house at Walt Disney Concert Hall was witnessing one of the truly great musical events of the season, if not of the decade.
A power trio of superstars — pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist [...]



Review: Garrick Ohlsson at The Broad Stage

February 25, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Garrick Ohlsson, the American pianist and 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition winner, returned to Los Angeles for a Feb. 23 recital at The Broad Stage. (He last performed at Disney Hall in November 2016 [see our review].)
Ohlsson chose a very demanding program, beginning with a piece he played when he last performed in LA, the [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Brahms With World Premiere by Joseph Pereira

January 29, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On the beautiful and warm Sunday afternoon of Jan. 28, the LA Phil, conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presented a concert of works by Stravinsky, Joseph Pereira and Brahms.
The concert opened with an early work (1908) by the 28-year-old Igor Stravinsky — Fireworks, Op. 4 — which predates his major and revolutionary ballet scores, [...]



Review: LA Phil Performs Mozart and Bruckner With Michael Tilson-Thomas and Khatia Buniatishvili

December 18, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

For the second time in a little more than two weeks, an ailing conductor had to be replaced for a concert with the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two weeks ago, it was Miguel Harth-Bedoya who was replaced with Jonathon Heyward. On Saturday night, it was Michael Tilson-Thomas replacing Zubin Mehta who had [...]



Review: Jonathon Heyward Conducts LA Phil With Hilary Hahn

December 6, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Dec. 3, concertgoers at Walt Disney Concert Hall arrived expecting a concert conducted by guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, but discovered on the program insert that he had to cancel due to illness and was being replaced by the young American conductor and LA Phil Dudamel Conducting Fellow Jonathon Heyward. The program, which was originally [...]



Review: Valery Gergiev Conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in an All-Russian Program at Disney Hall

November 2, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

This has been a month of visiting orchestras at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two Sundays ago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed (see http://culturespotla.com/2017/10/review-riccardo-muti-conducts-the-chicago-symphony-in-brahms-at-disney-hall/). On Monday night the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was in town (see http://culturespotla.com/2017/10/review-zubin-mehta-conducts-the-israel-philharmonic-and-yefim-bronfman/). And last night it was the Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly the Kirov Orchestra during the Soviet era) led by its music [...]