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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 [...]



The Cliburn Announces the Winners

June 10, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Cliburn just announced the winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which took place May 25 to June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. The awards ceremony was held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.
And the winners are:
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and Van [...]



The Cliburn Announces the Finalists

June 5, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

We hope you’ve been with us in Fort Worth or streaming the Cliburn concerts online and following our posts on each of the semifinal concerts. Join us starting Wednesday for the finals.
Tonight, Leonard Slatkin, chairman of the Jury for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (taking place May 25-June 10 at Bass Performance Hall), [...]



The Cliburn: Day Two of the Semifinal Round

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

June 2: Day two of the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Yutong Sun, Honggi Kim, Yury Favorin and Georgy Tchaidze
Yutong Sun from China
Yutong Sun, a 21-year-old from China, performed three works, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a, “Les Adiux,” the Étude No. 3, Un sospiro by Liszt, and Pictures [...]



Cliburn Semifinal Round Begins June 1

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

Leonard Slatkin, chairman of the Jury for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (taking place May 25-June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall), announced the 12 pianists advancing to the Semifinal Round, which starts tomorrow, June 1, and continues through Monday, June 5. Watch the performances live in Fort Worth, TX, online or in [...]



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 [...]