Classical Music and Opera

Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Sibelius at Disney Hall

April 10, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Finnish conductor and composer and Conductor Laureate of the LA Phil Esa-Pekka Salonen returned to Disney Hall on Sunday to conduct an all-Sibelius program consisting of Finlandia, Six Humoresques, and the Symphonies No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104, and No. 7 in C major, Op. 105.
Salonen has the music of Sibelius flowing through his [...]



Review: Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich Perform Debussy and Rachmaninoff at Disney Hall

April 9, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Two septuagenarian titans of the piano, Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich, who also happen to be former wife and husband, performed a duo piano concert of works by Rachmaninoff (Symphonic Dances, Op. 45) and Debussy (Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Lindaraja, and En blanc et noir) on Saturday night at Disney Hall.
The Rachmaninoff was originally [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’

April 3, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Quick — name three opéras fantastiques. That’s a tough one. About the only one that comes to mind is The Tales of Hoffmann. LA Opera’s enchanting production — playing through April 15 — offers a delightful mix of lilting romantic music, beautiful sets and eye-catching costumes.  It is also an unusual family collaboration, celebrating [...]



Jean-Yves Thibaudet with Colburn Extravaganza at the Wallis

March 31, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On March 29 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Jean-Yves Thibaudet performed with Colburn School students in a powerhouse program that spotlighted the amazing talents of both the world-renowned pianist and musicians as young as 12.
Before the Colburn Extravaganza began, Colburn School CEO Sel Kardan announced that Thibaudet has renewed his tenure [...]



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 [...]