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Stewart Copeland’s ‘The Invention of Morel’ at Long Beach Opera

March 8, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Entertainment and Events

Long Beach Opera (LBO) presents the co-world premiere of “The Invention of Morel,” by Stewart Copeland, co-founder and drummer of The Police, and the London-based actor, director and playwright Jonathan Moore, who also directs the production, on March 17 at the Beverly O’Neill Theater in Long Beach. LBO Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek conducts the opera. The opera is a [...]

Free Tickets to ‘Le Petit Chaperon Rouge’ at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

March 6, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents the Los Angeles premiere of Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), by award-winning writer-director Joël Pommerat, on March 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. We all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood and yet…
In the beautifully concise, archetypal language of fairy tales, Pommerat rewrites the steps [...]

Review: U.S. Premiere of Andrew Norman’s ‘A Trip to the Moon’ with the LA Phil and Holst’s ‘The Planets’

March 5, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Andrew Norman’s fun and imaginative “A Trip to the Moon,” his self-described “retro-futurist sci-fi adventure opera,” is a ray of sunshine. It received its U.S. premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 2 and 3, paired with Gustav Holst’s epic “The Planets.”
Known for drawing on the classical tradition and [...]

Garrick Ohlsson at The Broad Stage

February 14, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess.
Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature.
On Friday, [...]

Review: LA Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Alex Theatre

December 26, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

LA Youth Ballet’s first production of “The Nutcracker” at the Alex Theatre in Glendale Dec. 22 and 23 was magical. Artistic Director Andrea Paris-Gutierrez introduced the show by saying that a child’s first “Nutcracker” should be a traditional one, and this show (for which she handled concept, production and choreography) delivered a fairy-tale perfect one.
The [...]

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at A Noise Within

December 20, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Add this to your holiday to-do list: See Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at A Noise Within. It’s only one of the best stories ever written, and in the hands of this incredibly talented classical repertory theater company, it is pure magic.
Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott have been doing this show for [...]

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: Take Joy!

December 6, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Dec. 3 concert of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Take Joy!, was the perfect start to the holiday season. Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham joined LACC and Artistic Director and Conductor Anne Tomlinson in a thoughtfully curated program of emotional music and poetry that showcased the exquisite voices of [...]

‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ at the Wallis

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

The classic tale of the world’s most infamous outlaw goes rogue in “The Heart of Robin Hood,” a heart-pounding, eye-popping new adventure directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir from Iceland’s innovative theater company Vesturport and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis). “The Heart of Robin Hood” opens Friday, Dec. [...]

Hila Plitmann and ‘Poetry Through Voice’ at the Broad Stage

November 27, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Red Hen Press presents “Poetry Through Voice” at The Edye, the Broad Stage’s black box space, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann will perform her own songs and music of Mark Abel, Julia Adolphe, Philip White, Eric Whitacre, Aimee Mann, Danny Elfman and Sharon Farber — including the premiere of [...]

Free Tickets to Tomáš Kubínek at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

November 27, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Entertainment and Events

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents Tomáš Kubínek on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Billed as a “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and all-round charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they will remember for a lifetime.
With appearances in over 30 countries, Kubínek has won [...]