Classical Music and Opera

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: Take Joy!

December 6, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Dec. 3 concert of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Take Joy!, was the perfect start to the holiday season. Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham joined LACC and Artistic Director and Conductor Anne Tomlinson in a thoughtfully curated program of emotional music and poetry that showcased the exquisite voices of [...]



Review: Jonathon Heyward Conducts LA Phil With Hilary Hahn

December 6, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Dec. 3, concertgoers at Walt Disney Concert Hall arrived expecting a concert conducted by guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, but discovered on the program insert that he had to cancel due to illness and was being replaced by the young American conductor and LA Phil Dudamel Conducting Fellow Jonathon Heyward. The program, which was originally [...]



Hila Plitmann and ‘Poetry Through Voice’ at the Broad Stage

November 27, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Red Hen Press presents “Poetry Through Voice” at The Edye, the Broad Stage’s black box space, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann will perform her own songs and music of Mark Abel, Julia Adolphe, Philip White, Eric Whitacre, Aimee Mann, Danny Elfman and Sharon Farber — including the premiere of [...]



Music Review: Pasadena Symphony with Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”)

November 21, 2017 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Pasadena Symphony is a brilliant experience rivaling the best in Los Angeles with its unique style and stunning artistry. Music Director David Lockington led the orchestra and guest pianist Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”) through a top-notch performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 on Nov. 20, as an installment of the Singpoli Classics [...]



Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Holiday Concert at Disney Hall

November 14, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs, rings in the holidays with special guest, Grammy Award-winning opera singer Susan Graham, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert featuring the world premiere of Los Angeles-based composer Paul Gibson’s Ring Out, Wild Bells – based on Tennyson’s beloved poem and arranged [...]



Discount Tickets to Tetzlaff Quartet

November 7, 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% off tickets to the Tetzlaff Quartet on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.
Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity,” the Tetzlaff Quartet is one of today’s leading string quartets. Alongside their successful [...]



Review: POP Opera Presents ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ and ‘The Medium’

November 3, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Pacific Opera Project is presenting a pair of spooky opera shorts to celebrate the season when spirits rise and walk among us. The Monkey’s Paw is a recent adaptation of an old short story, while The Medium is an hour-long meditation on the human costs of spiritual manipulation. The brevity of these pieces requires a [...]



Review: Valery Gergiev Conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in an All-Russian Program at Disney Hall

November 2, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

This has been a month of visiting orchestras at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two Sundays ago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed (see http://culturespotla.com/2017/10/review-riccardo-muti-conducts-the-chicago-symphony-in-brahms-at-disney-hall/). On Monday night the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was in town (see http://culturespotla.com/2017/10/review-zubin-mehta-conducts-the-israel-philharmonic-and-yefim-bronfman/). And last night it was the Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly the Kirov Orchestra during the Soviet era) led by its music [...]



Review: Zubin Mehta Conducts the Israel Philharmonic and Yefim Bronfman

October 31, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Monday night, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra returned for their annual pilgrimage to Los Angeles and an almost sold-out crowd at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
As with previous concerts, a lot of people from LA’s large Jewish community turned out, along with the extra security guards and bomb-sniffing dogs. But, unlike times past, [...]



Review: Riccardo Muti Conducts the Chicago Symphony in Brahms at Disney Hall

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

What do you get when you mix a storied American orchestra with a great Italian conductor and exalted German romantic music? A feast for the ears and the soul!
On Sunday night, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under its music director, Riccardo Muti, performed two symphonies by Johannes Brahms, the Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. [...]