Classical Music and Opera

Discount Tickets: Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien

March 25, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

A special offer for Culture Spot LA readers from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County: 20 percent off tickets to a concert featuring violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.
Praised for their “electrifying partnership” (The Times), Ibragimova and Tiberghien are alumni of BBC [...]



Discount Tickets for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with Soprano Deborah Voigt at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

March 13, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering discount tickets for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with soprano Deborah Voigt at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m.
Led by Fabio Luisi, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s First Symphony and Carl Nielsen’s orchestral showpiece, the Helios Overture. One [...]



Review: Jaap van Zweden Conducts the LA Phil in Beethoven and Shostakovich

March 13, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday, the Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden led the LA Phil in two Fifths, the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Beethoven and the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Shostakovich.
Van Zweden, the current music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the soon-to-be (2018-2019) music director of [...]



15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition May 25 to June 10

March 8, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Cliburn just announced the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25 to June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. There are three ways to experience this major musical event: get tickets to see it live, watch the webcast, or see [...]



Review: LA Phil With James Gaffigan, Hélène Grimaud and James Matheson

February 27, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Sunday, French pianist Hélène Grimaud performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Brahms under the direction of guest conductor James Gaffigan.
The concerto began with a beautifully sonorous horn introduction by LA Phil Principal Andrew Bain (and later echoed beautifully by Amy Jo Rhine), which established the melodic theme [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Salome’ With Soprano Patricia Racette

February 21, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

LA Opera delivers a creepy valentine this month with Richard Strauss’ “Salome.” Of course, creepy can be good in the right hands. (Think “Fatal Attraction.”) And in the hands of Strauss and Oscar Wilde, from whose play the composer got his libretto, we get an intense, sometimes unsettling and still  (c’mon, a little bit?) shocking [...]



Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘The Elixir of Love’

February 18, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Call me a reactionary, but I love Donizetti operas. While he composed nearly 70 operas in a variety of genres, he is best known for his comic operas. In this genre, both in music and story, it seems his only aim is to entertain. He mixes lighthearted banter with broad comic bravado and just a [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts LA Phil with Lisa Batiashvili

February 5, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in works by three Russian-born composers, (K)ein Sommernachtstraum by Alfred Schnittke; the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Tchaikovsky, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist; and Selections from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. Not only were all three composers Russian, but they all wrote music [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Abduction From the Seraglio’

January 29, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

When Wolfgang Mozart was born in 1756, there would still have been many old-timers who remembered the great siege of Vienna by Ottoman Turkish hordes in 1683. While the threat of Muslim aggression grew ever less worrisome with succeeding years, Mozart, like most Europeans, remained fascinated by the strange, impenetrable world of the sultans in [...]



Free Tickets to Los Angeles Master Chorale

January 17, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Los Angeles Master Chorale will present its first performances of Beethoven’s powerful Missa solemnis in 13 years on its own concert series on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Heralded as a pillar of the choral and orchestral repertoire, the work is considered [...]