Classical Music and Opera

Review: Dudamel Conducts Ives and Dvořák Parts III & IV

March 1, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Thursday and Saturday nights, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil concluded their two-week series of programs featuring the four symphonies of Charles Ives and the last three symphonies of Antonín Dvořák with Ives’ The Unanswered Question, his Symphony No. 3 “The Camp Meeting,” and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”) (on Thursday) […]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Ives and Dvořák Part II

February 26, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday afternoon, LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel conducted the second concert in a two-week series of programs featuring the four symphonies of Charles Ives and the last three symphonies of Antonín Dvořák. The question we concluded our review of the first concert in the series with was whether Dudamel and his band could […]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Roberto Devereux’

February 24, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

In a romance between a queen and a man 32 years her junior, there is bound to be drama. So it’s perhaps no surprise that Donizetti found inspiration in the true story of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, for his opera “Roberto Devereux.” LA Opera’s must-see company premiere runs […]



Review: Angela Hewitt Plays Bach at The Wallis

February 24, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The famed interpreter of the keyboard music of Bach, Angela Hewitt performed an all Bach recital in the Bram Goldsmith Theater of The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday evening. In 2016, Hewitt began her “Bach Odyssey,” a series of 12 recitals all over the world in which she is performing the […]



Review: Dudamel conducts Ives and Dvořák Part I

February 22, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Friday night, LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel conducted the first concert in a two-week series of programs featuring the four symphonies of Charles Ives and the last three symphonies of Antonín Dvořák. One might ask, “Why Ives and Dvořák?” Well, for one thing, Ives was American, and Dvořák lived and worked in the […]



NPR’s ‘From the Top’ live at the Wallis

February 19, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

“From the Top,” the nationally distributed NPR program heard throughout the Los Angeles region on KUSC (FM 91.5), brings its next live recording event to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m., featuring newly announced host Peter Dugan and co-host Vijay Gupta.  “From the Top” is the most popular weekly one-hour music program on public […]



Review: Yuja Wang in recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall

February 19, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Yuja Wang is known for her pyrotechnics on the keyboard and, to a much lesser degree, for the flashy dresses she wears when she performs. On Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the dresses were there, but the pyrotechnics were subdued, sort of. In fact, Wang gave a decidedly un-Yuja-like recital. To begin with, […]



Discount tickets for Charlie Chaplin’s Smile with violinist Philippe Quint

February 19, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering Culture Spot LA readers 20 percent off tickets to Charlie Chaplin’s Smile on Friday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Charlie Chaplin found fame with his on-screen persona, but it is not widely known that he also composed much of the music in […]



Review: Philippe Jordan Conducts the LA Phil and Gautier Capuçon in Strauss

February 3, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The LA Phil is a great orchestra by any measure. But great orchestras don’t always play up to their greatness even though they always play well. Many factors contribute to an orchestra playing to its full potential, and a crucial one is the conductor. One of the most interesting parts of getting to see a […]



Review: LA Opera’s world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s ‘Eurydice’

February 3, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Feb. 1 was an electric night for LA Opera as it brought the highly anticipated world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s “Eurydice.” You never know what to expect from a world premiere. You certainly don’t expect it to be across-the-board fantastic. But “Eurydice” was! The music, the libretto, the singers, the characters, the scenery, the costumes […]