Classical Music and Opera

Review: Susanna Mälkki Conducts LA Phil in Program of Knussen and Beethoven

December 8, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On a cloudy, rainy Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, the Finnish conductor and Principal Guest Conductor of the LA Phil Susanna Mälkki led the orchestra in three works: Flourish With Fireworks and the Violin Concerto by the late British composer, Oliver Knussen, and the Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, “Eroica,” by Beethoven. […]



Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations

November 24, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and Music Director Jaime Martín were brilliant in their opening of the Baroque Conversations series on Nov. 21 at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica.  Setting the mood for the evening, Martín opened with a wonderful energy on Telemann’s Overture in F Major. His movements were effusive, and the group responded by taking […]



Discount Tickets to the Modigliani Quartet

November 5, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering Culture Spot LA readers discount tickets to the Modigliani Quartet on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. at the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Known for the energy, passion and conviction of their interpretations, the Paris-based musicians behind the Modigliani Quartet bring a […]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Bruckner’s Fourth at Disney Hall

November 4, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

It is difficult to reconcile the shy, insecure, introverted Bruckner with the scope of his large-scale symphonies, which, though mostly scored for the classical instrumentation, nevertheless pack a punch with fortissimo passages for brass and timpani. The Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, “Romantic,” is no exception. It begins serenely enough with a horn solo […]



Discount Tickets to Salonen Conducts ‘Die Walküre’

October 29, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering 20 percent off tickets to Culture Spot LA readers for Salonen Conducts Die Walküre on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Experience the drama and passion of Wagner’s Romantic masterpiece Die Walküre, as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Colburn Orchestra in […]



Discount Tickets to Richard Goode at Segerstrom Concert Hall

October 21, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering Culture Spot LA readers 20 percent off tickets to Richard Goode on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Segerstrom Concert Hall. A magisterial presence at the keyboard, Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of […]



Review: Salonen Conducts Salonen, Tchaikovsky and Bartok

October 21, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

There are probably a lot of exciting things happening in Los Angeles on any given Saturday night. But for classical music lovers it’s hard to imagine anything more exciting than the LA Phil concert this past Saturday at Walt Disney Concert Hall conducted by former music director and Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen. Salonen programmed three […]



Review: Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome at Mt. Wilson Observatory

October 9, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The closing concert of the third summertime season of Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome at Mt. Wilson Observatory on Sunday featured two masterpieces for clarinet quintet: the Quintet in A Major, K. 581 by Mozart and the Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115 by Brahms. Both works were composed late in their respective composer’s […]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘La Bohème’

September 24, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

In 2017, Opéra National de Paris set its “La Bohème” in a spacecraft and on the moon. (The production comes back in 2020.) LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel conducted. It was bold and exciting, and unlike any other “La Boheme” I’d seen. So when LA Opera scheduled the old warhorse as the opener of […]



CD Review: Manfred Honeck Conducts the PSO in Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony

August 28, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Manfred Honeck, the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, can apparently read my mind and has been doing so for some time now. He seems to know what I want him and the PSO to record on the spectacular Fresh Series from Reference Recordings. For example, Honeck and the PSO have so far recorded […]