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Free Tickets to Trio Voronezh at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

October 18, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents Trio Voronezh on Oct. 26. The internationally acclaimed ensemble produces incredibly exciting sounds and compelling arrangements of classics across a variety of musical styles, all played upon Russian folk instruments. Trio Voronezh’s astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation give the trio the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, [...]

Discount Tickets to Chicago Symphony Orchestra

October 3, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

A special offer from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County for Culture Spot LA readers: 20% off tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
MONDAY | OCT. 16, 2017 | 8 P.M.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Opening night of the Philharmonic Society’s 2017-18 season features the multi-Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra in [...]

Victor Vanacore’s ‘La Sorgente’ Premieres at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood

October 2, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Grammy-winning composer/arranger/conductor Victor Vanacore – who has been at the nexus of classical and pop music for more than 30 years, shaping the artistry of the Jackson 5, Ray Charles and Natalie Cole, among many others – conducts the world premiere of his latest work, “La Sorgente,” 10 neo-classical arias he composed to the poetry of Pope [...]

Ford Theatres and LA Opera Launch Audience Into Space With ‘The Hubble Cantata’

October 2, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles, Film

In case you haven’t been able to secure tickets for Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” at the Broad, we found something that sounds just as visually fantastic and mind-blowing: “The Hubble Cantata.”
Presented by the Ford Theatres and LA Opera, “The Hubble Cantata” allows the audience to “float within” recreations of iconic Hubble Space Telescope imagery. But [...]

Opera Buffs Present ‘Carmen in Concert’ at Colburn School’s Zipper Hall

August 15, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Opera Buffs present Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” in concert form, on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Four illustrious Opera Buffs alumni will perform leading roles: sopranos Kelley O’Connor (Carmen) and Vanessa Vasquez (Micäela), tenor Charles Castronovo (Don José), and bass-baritone Rod Gilfry (Escamillo). Remaining [...]

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival, Week Two

August 1, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Cutting-edge dance, music, theater and multimedia performances are what the New Original Works Festival is all about. In its 14th year of selecting nine local artists and presenting their works-in-progress for three evenings of shared programming, REDCAT opens the doors of the creative process to a thirsty public. This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 3-5, [...]

Review: Long Beach Opera Presents Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s ‘Frida’ at the Museum of Latin American Art

June 28, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Art and Museums, Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Bravo to Long Beach Opera for their summer production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s “Frida,” which ended June 25. An opera as colorful as artist Frida Kahlo’s life and work, “Frida” explores the passion and pain and beauty of an important  artist. It was made all the more magical being set in the Museum of Latin [...]

MUSE/IQUE’s Summer of Sound at Caltech

June 21, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Entertainment and Events, Theater and Dance

MUSE/IQUE’s Summer of Sound concert series takes place on June 24, July 22 and Aug.
26 at Caltech’s Beckman Mall Lawn in Pasadena.
Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m.
RITMO/TOWN features renowned composer and pianist Alfredo Rodríguez, the incomparable Ballet Hispánico and singer/actress Paulette Ivory (Fela, The Lion King, Smokey Joe’s Cafe) as they team up with Rachael Worby and the [...]

Long Beach Opera Presents ‘Frida’

June 16, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present five outdoor performances of the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of Frida on June 17, 18, 24 and 25 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and on June 23 at Grand Performances in downtown LA. The opera celebrates the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her [...]

Cliburn Conversations and Tidbits

June 13, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, ended June 10. What a whirlwind for the competitors and the audience between May 25 and then!
Thirty pianists performed recitals in the preliminary round, 20 performed recitals in the quarterfinals, 12 performed recitals and Mozart concertos with the Fort [...]