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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 [...]



Review: Los Angeles Master Chorale performs music of Eric Whitacre and Arvo Pärt

May 26, 2015 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Los Angeles Master Chorale ended its 51st season in a contemplative mood with the music of house favorites Eric Whitacre and Arvo Pärt on Sunday, May 17, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The Master Chorale has supported the art of both Pärt and Whitacre throughout the years, and for this concert conductor Grant Gershon [...]



Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Architecture

March 25, 2015 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Westside Connections series of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) continued with this season’s music and architecture theme on Thursday, March 19, at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The concept was intriguing, and the commonality between these art forms was uniquely illustrated by the music and narratives. In this second [...]



Music Review: Jacaranda Celebrates with Adès, Barry and Davies

February 9, 2015 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Jacaranda’s “ICONO-GRAPHIC” event at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica on Jan. 30 was an extraordinary celebration of Peter Maxwell Davies’ 80th birthday featuring his iconic multimedia fusion of imagery, dance and music, Vesalii Icones.  Thomas Adès’ Lieux retrouvés (“Places Remembered”) for cello and piano and three Los Angeles premieres by Irish composer Gerald [...]



Review: Le Salon de Musiques Opens 2014-15 Season

October 19, 2014 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Le Salon de Musiques opened their 2014-15 season on Oct. 12 in characteristic style – intellectual, affective, intimate and delivered with superb artistry.   Director François Chouchan never ceases to amaze me with this series. Now in his fifth season, he has defined a unique niche among Los Angeles chamber music experiences far away from [...]



Review: North State Symphony With Cellist David Requiro

May 27, 2014 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On May 10 in Laxson Auditorium in Chico, I had the pleasure to hear a great orchestra built by the communities of Redding and Chico and supported by California State University, Chico. This evening was the final concert for Kyle Wiley Pickett, who is widely credited with building the North State Symphony into one of [...]



Review: Chamber Music Palisades Premieres Adrienne Albert’s ‘Cuban Stories’

May 12, 2014 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Chamber Music Palisades celebrated the conclusion of its 17th season on May 6 with a world premiere of its newly commissioned work, “Cuban Stories: A quartet for flute, bass clarinet, viola and piano” by local composer Adrienne Albert.
Albert’s inspiration came from a recent trip to Cuba with members of the ensemble. She described the piece [...]



Review: LA Phil Chamber Music Society Performs Mozart

May 5, 2014 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The April 29 closing program of the LA Phil Chamber Music Society cut across a wide range of Mozart styles and featured some unique offerings from his wind repertoire.
Flutist Elise Shope opened the concert with a lively splash with her crisp version of the Flute Quartet in D, K. 285. Shope was superb; her technique [...]



Review: LACO Westside Connections With Richard Montoya

April 13, 2014 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Performance artist and satirist Richard Montoya brought his pointed history of Chavez Ravine and Dodger Stadium to the Westside of Los Angeles at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica on April 3. Bravo to Concertmaster Margaret Batjer on another unique program for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Westside Connections series. The theme was culturally relevant [...]