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Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations

November 24, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and Music Director Jaime Martín were brilliant in their opening of the Baroque Conversations series on Nov. 21 at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica.  Setting the mood for the evening, Martín opened with a wonderful energy on Telemann’s Overture in F Major. His movements were effusive, and the group responded by taking […]

Review: Aristeia Trio at the Music Guild’s Summerfest 2019

July 26, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Music Guild has introduced some of the world’s finest chamber ensembles to Los Angeles audiences over many years since 1945. Executive Director Eugene Golden has tapped the wealth of extraordinarily talented musicians from the area for this year’s Summerfest 2019 series. The Aristeia Trio is a good example — all USC Thornton School of […]

CD Review: ‘Time and Distance’ by Mark Abel

August 6, 2018 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Composer Mark Abel’s 2018 DELOS CD release, Time and Distance (DE 3550), features acclaimed Los Angeles area vocalists, soprano Hila Plitmann and mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano. Their task was immense in this endeavor — to mediate operatic texts by Abel and area poets Joanne Regenhardt and Kate Gale that address difficult social, psychological and political issues. […]

Music Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Baroque Conversations

March 27, 2018 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) delivered a dynamic musical experience worthy of its iconic 50-year history and international reputation on March 22 at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Their Baroque Conversations series continued in its fourth installment of the season with “Nighttime in Four Great Cities.” Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, with LACO since […]

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

November 21, 2017 | By | 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 Series, […]

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

June 27, 2017 | By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 […]