The crowd who came to see the renowned 80-year-old Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conduct the LA Phil on Saturday night at Disney Hall seemed much younger and more diverse than usual. It didn’t become clear why until Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos walked on stage and then again at the conclusion of each piece [...]
Classical Music and Opera
Culture Spot LA readers can win free tickets to hear the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Festival of Carols” on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall. “Silent Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “White Christmas,” “Deck the Hall” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” are among the cherished holiday carols [...]
At the risk of sounding like Rex Reed, let me just throw out a few preliminary comments: “Run, don’t walk to this extravaganza,” “You’ll want to pay the piper for this ‘Flute,’” “If there’s one show you see this season…,” “The hottest ticket in town!” Well, you get the idea. The new production of Mozart’s [...]
The Los Angeles Master Chorale adds warm musical cheer to the holiday season with “Rejoice! Ceremony of Carols,” featuring Music Director Grant Gershon conducting four seasonal classics — Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols; Respighi’s beautiful Laud to the Nativity, filled with the rich imagery of the nativity story; Stephen Paulus’ Christmas Dances; and selections from [...]
On Nov. 23 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Austrian conductor and Music Director of the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra Manfred Honeck led the LA Phil in an all Dvořák program, including the Carnival Overture, Op. 92; the Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, with soloist Frank Peter Zimmerman; and the Symphony No. 8 in G [...]
Angel City Chorale, Los Angeles’ most entertaining and spirited choir, kicks off the season this year with “Joyful, Joyful,” its 20th annual holiday concert and sing-along, on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at Wilshire United Methodist Church. The 160-member Angel City Chorale will perform its unique mix of Christmas and Chanukah favorites, as [...]
The first release in a new series of recordings by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra led by its music director, Manfred Honeck, contains three of the most popular tone poems by Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. These three compositions are the earliest and shortest of the Strauss tone poems.
On Saturday night, the Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov conducted the LA Phil in a single work, the monumental Symphony No. 8 in C minor by Anton Bruckner.
As one would expect for a symphony with which many people are still not familiar, and with an approximate running time of 80 minutes, Disney Hall was not packed. [...]
Bach is primarily known for his compositions for keyboard instruments. With a few notable exceptions (the sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin), he is less well known as a composer of works for violin. Thus, this Decca album of Bach concertos, featuring the violin concertos and sonatas for violin and harpsichord, performed by Janine Jansen [...]
The Philharmonic Society presents the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Keith Lockhart in a rare Orange County appearance on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Enjoy Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” John Williams’ iconic film scores from “Harry Potter” and “E.T.,” [...]