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Review: Mozart’s ‘The Clemency of Titus’ at LA Opera

March 6, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Though commissioned to celebrate the coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791, and based on Titus Flavius Vespasianus who became emperor of Rome in 79 A.D., Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” speaks to our current state of affairs. The opera champions a merciful ruler who demonstrates love and forgiveness for a young patrician (and [...]



Pacific Opera Project starts 2019 with ‘The Magic Flute’

February 20, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Pacific Opera Project opens its 2019 season with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” as you’ve never seen it before — set in classic video games from the early 1980s — in a return to the El Portal Theatre. Performances take place on March 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, including two Sunday matinees. The “super” production [...]



Review: Long Beach Opera’s ‘The Black Cat’

January 23, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

One of the most exciting cultural institutions in the LA area is, without a doubt, Long Beach Opera. With Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek at the helm, Long Beach Opera has become known for producing fresh, genre-defying, highly artistic and inventive operas like “Frida Kahlo” (read our review), “The Invention of Morel” (read our [...]



Two Upcoming Shows at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz

January 20, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Uncategorized

Free Tickets to La Pub Fait Son Show
Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, presents La Pub Fait Son Show (A Medley of French & International TV Commercials) in Los Angeles as part of its public performing arts series on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. [...]



Free Santa Monica Symphony Concert

January 8, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with the Santa Monica Symphony’s annual MLK Holiday Concert on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. The music of African-American composers George Walker and James Weldon Johnson share the program with Mozart and Mendelssohn along with a piece by Santa Monica composer Adrienne Albert. All [...]



Holiday Read: ‘The Enchanted Sonata’

December 21, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

Most of us are lucky if we can excel at one thing, but Heather Dixon Wallwork appears to be a triple threat: a musician, Disney illustrator and novelist. Her latest work, The Enchanted Sonata, is an engaging fantasy that retells the beloved story of The Nutcracker. Her writing flows like exquisite music and sweeps us [...]



Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

December 17, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Internationally renowned ballet stars and prominent role models Ashley Murphy and Brooklyn Mack guest star in Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker by award-winning choreographer Andrea Paris-Gutierrez, which caps the holiday season with four performances Dec. 21 to 23 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre.
Enhancing the rich compendium of this much beloved classic, Paris-Gutierrez’s [...]



Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs Brandenburg Concertos

December 4, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual presentation of Bach’s much-loved Brandenburg Concertos just in time for the holiday season in Davis (Dec. 8)  and at Disney Hall in Los Angeles (Dec. 9), and then at Alice Tully Hall in New York (Dec. 14, 16 and 18).
Sunday, Dec. [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’

November 27, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

LA Opera serves up a special treat to start the holiday season with “Hansel and Gretel,” onstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Dec. 15. Take your children to see this magical opera. It’s a perfect introduction to the genre, and if you go on Domingo Family Day (Dec. 9), the kids will have even [...]



Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at UCLA

October 31, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

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 [...]