Classical Music and Opera

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs Brandenburg Concertos

December 4, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual presentation of Bach’s much-loved Brandenburg Concertos just in time for the holiday season in Davis (Dec. 8)  and at Disney Hall in Los Angeles (Dec. 9), and then at Alice Tully Hall in New York (Dec. 14, 16 and 18).
Sunday, Dec. [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’

November 27, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

LA Opera serves up a special treat to start the holiday season with “Hansel and Gretel,” onstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Dec. 15. Take your children to see this magical opera. It’s a perfect introduction to the genre, and if you go on Domingo Family Day (Dec. 9), the kids will have even [...]



Roderick Cox conducts the LA Phil with Cameron Carpenter

November 19, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday, you could have enjoyed a nice, crisp fall day in Los Angeles, or you could have been inside the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall to hear one of the most electrifying concerts of the season, literally and figuratively.
The exciting young American conductor Roderick Cox led the LA Phil in a concert of three [...]



Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Disney Hall

November 12, 2018 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Jean Sibelius was the most popular composer then living in the Anglosphere, not to mention in his native Scandinavia. Fame was a double-edged sword for the notoriously self-critical composer. Doubt, its flames stoked by alcoholism, gnawed away at his creative drive, aggravated further by the disdain of the modernists [...]



Review: Philip Glass’ ‘Satyagraha’ at LA Opera

October 31, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Philip Glass’ Satyagraha is a complicated opera with many layers of thought and artistry. At the same time, it is a minimalist work that does not follow the rules of traditional opera. In other words, it is quintessential Glass. Which means you may already have formed an opinion about whether you will like LA Opera’s [...]



Verdi Chorus celebrates 35th anniversary

October 24, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

If you love opera and don’t know the Verdi Chorus, perhaps it’s time you did. Their 35th anniversary season culminates with Passione! Opera! for two performances only at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.
The Verdi Chorus is the only choral [...]



CD Review: Quartet San Francisco’s ‘A QSF Journey’

October 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The new CD on Reference Recordings by the Quartet San Francisco (QSF), A QSF Journey, is a wonderful addition to the string quartet catalogue. The CD contains 12 tracks, many of which were either composed or arranged by the quartet’s founder and first violinist Jeremy Cohen and played to perfection by the quartet whose other [...]



Review: Dudamel conducts the LA Phil in the complete ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Prokofiev

October 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Sergei Prokofiev composed his masterpiece ballet Romeo and Juliet in 1935. The LA Phil (founded in 1919) was already an established American orchestra at that time, but for the next 83 years it never performed the ballet in its entirety. At least not until this past weekend when LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel programmed [...]



Review: Season opener of Le Salon de Musiques

October 14, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The 2018-19 season of Le Salon de Musiques opened spectacularly on Sunday, Oct. 7. For “Romantic Nostalgia,” Founder and Artistic Director Francois Chouchan programmed three works for string quartet: Henry Purcell’s “Chacony” in G minor (arranged by B. Britten), Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 [...]



LACO’s SESSION mixes beer, classical music and hanging with the artists

October 2, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), in collaboration with Four Larks, presents SESSION, an innovative performance experience curated by composer and LACO Artist Educator Derrick Spiva Jr and designed to explore classical music’s cutting-edge sounds and challenge traditional concert-going expectations, on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), at Hauser & Wirth in [...]