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Music Review: Pasadena Symphony with Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”)

November 21, 2017 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Pasadena Symphony is a brilliant experience rivaling the best in Los Angeles with its unique style and stunning artistry. Music Director David Lockington led the orchestra and guest pianist Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”) through a top-notch performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 on Nov. 20, as an installment of the Singpoli Classics [...]



Review: Los Angeles Master Chorale Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’

June 27, 2017 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Los Angeles Master Chorale deservedly was on proud display at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 22, celebrating a musical family reunion of sorts honoring Morten Lauridsen and the 20th anniversary of his 1997 masterpiece Lux Aeterna. Thursday’s performance was technically an encore to the regular season, as this special gala also ended the [...]



Music Review: Russian Legends at Le Salon de Musiques

January 15, 2017 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Now in its seventh season, Le Salon de Musiques, the vision of François Chouchan, continues to fascinate LA audiences with the “Masters Rediscovered” series. This concert, the fourth of the season on Jan. 8, was all Russian, focusing mostly on the “Moscow School” as defined by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his musical disciples at the Moscow [...]



Music Review: Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil in San Francisco

November 3, 2016 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

A bit of Los Angeles’ music culture came to San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall on Halloween night, Oct. 31, when the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with conductor Gustavo Dudamel, introduced young Los Angeles composer Andrew Norman’s composition titled “Play.” Norman personally introduced his piece, and then we were swept away into a most enjoyable 45 minutes [...]



Music Review: Mozart at the Hollywood Bowl

August 29, 2016 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Andrew Manze brought his early music acumen to the masses conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic with violinist Arabella Steinbacher in an all-Mozart concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 13. Manze made great choices for the program: Mozart’s enduring Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (“Turkish”) and Symphony No. 41 in C [...]



Music Review: James Gaffigan and Stephen Hough With the LA Phil

April 19, 2016 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Conductor James Gaffigan returned to Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall with pianist Stephen Hough to an enthusiastic audience on April 11, the last of their three performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra by its nature is a crowd-pleaser. Written after almost 30 years [...]



Review: Musica Angelica With Re-Sound Beethoven in Pasadena

January 24, 2016 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra started a new season on Jan. 15 at Pasadena’s Scott Pavilion with an all-Beethoven three-sonata thriller featuring fortepiano virtuoso Gottlieb Wallisch, violinist Ilia Korol and Hermann Ebner playing the natural horn.
Wallisch was virtuosic throughout the evening. He understood the fortepiano and could coax its beautiful sound into a wonderfully authentic Beethoven [...]



Review: Hilary Hahn with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the LA Philharmonic

December 20, 2015 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Los Angeles Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla stepped onto the podium Dec. 11 at Walt Disney Concert Hall — and once the music started, she stepped up again, this time where no man has gone before. Since Lithuanian native Gražinytė-Tyla arrived as a Dudamel Fellow in 2012, her experiences with the Phil have been met [...]



Review: Dudamel conducts Carmina Burana at the Hollywood Bowl

August 5, 2015 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Gustavo Dudamel rocked the Hollywood Bowl with a spectacular performance of “Carmina Burana” July 21, conducting the LA Philharmonic, the LA Master Chorale and the National Children’s Chorus. The night was one to remember, just happening to fall on the 10-year anniversary of Dudamel’s first performance in Los Angeles, which incidentally was at the Hollywood [...]



Review: Tambuco at REDCAT

July 27, 2015 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Southwest Chamber Music found magic when the South and East mixed for the 2015 Los Angeles International New Music Festival at REDCAT on July 13. Of course, I speak of the acclaimed Mexican percussion ensemble, Tambuco, performing the music of four young Japanese composers and the Japanese master composer Toru Takemitsu. Ensemble players Alfredo [...]