Classical Music and Opera

Review: Dudamel Conducts Schubert and Mahler III

May 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday afternoon, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in the last concert of his Schubert/Mahler series by performing Schubert’s Symphonies No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (“Unfinished”) and No. 9 in C major, D. 944 (“Great”), and songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler.
Dudamel opened the concert with a powerful performance of Schubert’s [...]



Review: Jeffrey Kahane’s Swan Song with LACO

May 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Saturday night’s concert of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale was a concert mostly of lasts. It was the last concert of LACO’s 2016-2017 season (repeated on Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall). It was also the last concert for Jeffrey Kahane as music director. The program featured two major [...]



Review: Dudamel and LA Phil Perform Schubert Symphonies 5 & 6 and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder

May 22, 2017 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic heralded the arrival of spring with a series of concerts in May exploring all nine symphonies of Franz Schubert, paired with the song cycles of Gustav Mahler — Songs of a Wayfarer, Kindertotenlieder, Rückert Lieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn. This reviewer attended the May 18 concert that featured [...]



Updates on the 2017 Cliburn Competition

May 18, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — one of the most exciting and highly anticipated classical music events in America — starts in one week. It happens only every four years. Do you have your tickets?
Culture Spot LA will be in Fort Worth for the semifinals and finals, blogging about all of the performances at Bass [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Schubert and Mahler II

May 14, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Saturday night, Gustavo Dudamel continued his exploration of the Schubert Symphonies and Mahler song cycles with the Symphonies No. 3 and 4 by Schubert and Kindertotenlieder by Mahler.
Dudamel’s pairing of the Schubert symphonies and Mahler song cycles is one of those programming ideas that one must hear before passing judgment. But if the first [...]



Jeffrey Kahane Celebrates 20 Years With Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

May 9, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s Will There Be Singing, commissioned by the Orchestra, as part of his final concert with the Orchestra on Saturday, May 20, at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre and Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Royce Hall. The program will also include [...]



Review: Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov with LA Opera Orchestra

May 7, 2017 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Soprano Anna Netrebko made a rare visit to Los Angeles with her tenor husband Yusif Eyvazov for a May 4 concert of opera highlights at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with the LA Opera Orchestra guest conducted by Jader Bignamini.
Having a Russian opera superstar on the stage attracted a sizable attendance from the Russian community in [...]



Review: Philippe Jordan Conducts the LA Phil in Excerpts from Wagner’s ‘Der Ring Des Nibelungen’

May 1, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan was in town this past weekend to conduct the LA Phil in a series of concerts featuring excerpts from Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, including well-known selections from Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.
The four dramatic operas that comprise the Wagner Ring cycle are some of the only operas [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Tosca’ With Sondra Radvanovsky

April 28, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

There’s something very comforting about re-reading a favorite book or watching a movie you remember all the words to. Opera-goers know all about that. That’s why warhorses like “Tosca” pop up every season. LA Opera has brought back its 2013 production of Puccini’s dark masterpiece, complete with torture, murder and suicide, to the Dorothy Chandler [...]



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 [...]