Classical Music and Opera

Presale Tickets From the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

August 9, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

A special offer for Culture Spot LA readers from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County: Priority access to seating before the general public to any of our concerts. Presale starts Aug. 20. Tickets go on sale to the general public Sept. 4.
Some of the highlights of the 2018-19 season include: Alisa Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Sir [...]



CD Review: ‘Time and Distance’ by Mark Abel

August 6, 2018 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Composer Mark Abel’s 2018 DELOS CD release, Time and Distance (DE 3550), features acclaimed Los Angeles area vocalists, soprano Hila Plitmann and mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano. Their task was immense in this endeavor — to mediate operatic texts by Abel and area poets Joanne Regenhardt and Kate Gale that address difficult social, psychological and political issues. [...]



Free Tickets to Angel City Chorale

May 30, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Entertainment and Events

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Founder-Artistic Director Sue Fink, will celebrate its 25th birthday this year with an extraordinary spring concert event, One World, Many Voices II, during the first weekend in June. An exhilarating sequel to ACC’s original 2009 production, this concert will embrace the power of diversity that ACC is known [...]



Review: Dudamel and the LA Phil Perform Schumann’s Third

May 25, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Thursday night, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil began their concluding weekend of the Schumann Focus series with a performance of the Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 97, “Rhenish.” Also on the program was the Overture to Genoveva, Op. 81, and the Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 with soloist Sol [...]



Review: The LA Phil’s Schumann Focus Series With Mitsuko Uchida

May 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, performed a concert of orchestral works by Robert Schumann, including the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 and the Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61. This concert was the second part of the Schumann Focus series [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’

May 15, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Rigoletto is a study in contrasts — light and dark, tender and brutal, funny and sad. LA Opera’s current production puts Giuseppe Verdi’s groundbreaking musical score front and center as the conceptual and emotional framework from which to explore these dualities. Arresting visuals, sumptuous costumes and talented singers bring the work to a high [...]



Review: Jeremy Denk at the Wallis

April 27, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On April 25, the American pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Jeremy Denk performed a recital of works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Schubert in the Bram Goldsmith Theatre of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Denk began the program on a quiet, melancholic note with the Rondo in A minor, K. [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Bernstein and Beethoven

April 23, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

What do you get when you combine the most exciting young conductor in the world today with one of the world’s best symphony orchestras which he helped to build, a renowned master chorale and talented vocalists performing arguably the greatest symphony ever written — the Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Beethoven, Op. 125 [...]



Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘Don Giovanni’

April 16, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

With the #MeToo movement lately having its cultural moment, whereby at least some men behaving badly get some form of comeuppance, it seems quite timely to have the Pacific Opera Project staging Don Giovanni, the quintessential tale of out-of-control toxic masculinity. To keep things fresh, Artistic Director Josh Shaw has taken over an old warehouse [...]



Music Review: Sir András Schiff Performs Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven at Disney Hall

April 9, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

In the past several years, the Hungarian pianist Sir András Schiff has performed several times at Walt Disney Concert Hall. His programs have been ambitious to say the least. For example, across two seasons, from 2008 to 2009, Schiff performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas. Then across two more seasons, from 2012 to [...]