Classical Music and Opera

Review: Brendan White plays Liszt and Scriabin

January 16, 2019 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera

It was an incongruous, yet curiously stimulating mingling of incense and sulphur that awaited the listener Jan. 16 at the Glendale City Church. On one hand, the dulcet lyricism of gratitude to the Creator of creators from the future Abbé Liszt; on the other, the chtonian cries—part Aubrey Beardsley, part Aleister Crowley—of the voluptuary Alexander [...]



Free Santa Monica Symphony Concert

January 8, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with the Santa Monica Symphony’s annual MLK Holiday Concert on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. The music of African-American composers George Walker and James Weldon Johnson share the program with Mozart and Mendelssohn along with a piece by Santa Monica composer Adrienne Albert. All [...]



Review: Zubin Mehta Conducts Brahms’ Symphonies 3 and 4

January 8, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

With his new title of Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta concluded two weeks of concerts this past weekend celebrating the symphonies and concertos of Johannes Brahms. On Friday night, he conducted the LA Phil in Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 with famed violinist Pinchas Zukerman, and the [...]



Classical CDs of 2018

December 23, 2018 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Classical music, some argue, is currently experiencing, if not an outright crisis, at the very least some discomfort over itself, its legacy and how that all can manage to remain relevant to a wide audience in the 21st century. Trends in the recording industry and attendance of major musical organizations reflect this situation, with a [...]



Review: Dilijan Chamber Music at Zipper Hall

December 17, 2018 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

A chill breeze set in late Sunday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles, wafting through the skyscrapers, and setting trees swaying with a rustling that was a harbinger of the winter that will arrive in a matter of days. Its bite was already felt at the tips of one’s fingers, in the hollow of one’s cheeks. [...]



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 [...]