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Free Tickets to Angel City Chorale

May 30, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Entertainment and Events

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the esteemed Los Angeles choir led by Founder-Artistic Director Sue Fink, will present Interactive, an imaginative and multidimensional concert event during the first weekend in June. An engaging, one-of-a-kind event that rebels against the traditions of choral performance, Interactive will fuse choir and cyberspace to break down the barriers between performer [...]



Updates on the 2017 Cliburn Competition

May 18, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — one of the most exciting and highly anticipated classical music events in America — starts in one week. It happens only every four years. Do you have your tickets?
Culture Spot LA will be in Fort Worth for the semifinals and finals, blogging about all of the performances at Bass [...]



Jeffrey Kahane Celebrates 20 Years With Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

May 9, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s Will There Be Singing, commissioned by the Orchestra, as part of his final concert with the Orchestra on Saturday, May 20, at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre and Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Royce Hall. The program will also include [...]



Free Tickets to Los Angeles Dance Festival

May 9, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

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: LA Opera’s ‘Tosca’ With Sondra Radvanovsky

April 28, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

There’s something very comforting about re-reading a favorite book or watching a movie you remember all the words to. Opera-goers know all about that. That’s why warhorses like “Tosca” pop up every season. LA Opera has brought back its 2013 production of Puccini’s dark masterpiece, complete with torture, murder and suicide, to the Dorothy Chandler [...]



Paul Simon: Words and Music at the Skirball Cultural Center

April 28, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Art and Museums

Before Paul Simon got his first guitar, his instrument of choice was the baseball bat. One of his happiest moments was making a headline in a local paper that read “Simon Steals Home.” Though his father was a musician, the young Simon never expressed an interest in music — until he turned on the radio [...]



Free Tickets to ‘Uncanny Valley’ at International City Theatre

April 18, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

What does it mean to be human? How far will we go to live forever? The Los Angeles premiere of Uncanny Valley, a new play about artificial intelligence written by Thomas Gibbons, directed by caryn desai [sic], and starring Susan Denaker and Jacob Sidney, opens April 21 and runs through May 7 at International City [...]



Free Tickets to BELLA GAIA at Caltech

April 10, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Entertainment and Events

BELLA GAIA, the renowned audiovisual experience lead by director-composer Kenji Williams and the BELLA GAIA Ensemble, will present BELLA GAIA – A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space for one night only on Saturday, April 15. The immersive event combines NASA satellite imagery, time-lapse nature photography, cultural heritage footage and live performances of music and [...]



Discount Tickets to “St. John Passion” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

April 10, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Uncategorized

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering discount tickets to Culture Spot LA readers for Bach’s “St. John Passion” on Wednesday, April 19, at 8 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
BACH’S ST. JOHN PASSION
International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra
Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor
Regula Mühlemann, soprano
Roxana Constantinescu, contralto
Benedikt Kristjansson, tenor
Jakob Pilgram, tenor
Peter Harvey, bass
Martin [...]



Jean-Yves Thibaudet with Colburn Extravaganza at the Wallis

March 31, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On March 29 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Jean-Yves Thibaudet performed with Colburn School students in a powerhouse program that spotlighted the amazing talents of both the world-renowned pianist and musicians as young as 12.
Before the Colburn Extravaganza began, Colburn School CEO Sel Kardan announced that Thibaudet has renewed his tenure [...]