Classical Music and Opera

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. [...]



CD Review: Philippe Jordan Directs the Vienna Symphony in Beethoven’s 1st and 3rd Symphonies

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

On Oct. 13 in Europe and Oct. 20 here, the Wiener Symphoniker released Beethoven Symphonies 1/ 3, the first disc in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies recorded with Music Director Philippe Jordan. After eight months in which Philippe Jordan has conducted all the symphonies with the Vienna Symphony in Vienna and on tour in China, this [...]



Free Tickets to Trio Voronezh at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

October 18, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents Trio Voronezh on Oct. 26. The internationally acclaimed ensemble produces incredibly exciting sounds and compelling arrangements of classics across a variety of musical styles, all played upon Russian folk instruments. Trio Voronezh’s astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation give the trio the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, [...]



Le Salon de Musiques Kicks Off 8th Season

October 18, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Le Salon de Musiques kicked off their eighth season of intimate chamber music on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Oct. 15 with a program titled “Romantic Splendors,” featuring the String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 by Beethoven, the Duo for Violin and Viola in E [...]



Review: Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ at LA Opera

October 8, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Hot on the heels of the perennial smash Carmen, LA Opera is mounting another earlier opera from Georges Bizet, The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles). Instead of Southern Spain, this time we are whisked halfway around the world to Sri Lanka at the confluence of industry, religion and lust. Good ingredients for an opera? [...]