Classical Music and Opera

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 [...]



Verdi Chorus Celebrates 35th Anniversary

April 4, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Verdi Chorus celebrates its 35th anniversary with its Spring 2018 concert The Force of Destiny for two performances only at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m., led by Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum. As the only choral [...]



Music Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Baroque Conversations

March 27, 2018 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) delivered a dynamic musical experience worthy of its iconic 50-year history and international reputation on March 22 at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Their Baroque Conversations series continued in its fourth installment of the season with “Nighttime in Four Great Cities.”
Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, with LACO since 1976, [...]



Review: Herbert Blomstedt Conducts LA Phil

March 19, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

There are many young exciting conductors on the classical music scene today. But there are still some exciting old conductors as well. And if Sunday’s LA Phil concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall is any indication, Herbert Blomstedt is near the top of the list. The nonagenarian (he was born in 1927) was in town [...]



Review: Stewart Copeland’s ‘The Invention of Morel’ at Long Beach Opera

March 19, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Stewart Copeland’s “The Invention of Morel” at Long Beach Opera is the second opera premiere I’ve seen this month. The first was Andrew Norman’s “A Trip to the Moon” at the LA Phil [see our review]. Both blew me away. Each was very different, but both were accessible, imaginative and entertaining. And, oddly enough, both [...]



Santa Monica Symphony’s Free Spring Concert

March 13, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Spend a romantic evening with your loved ones at Santa Monica Symphony’s Spring Concert as they present works by Wagner, Schubert and Brahms, three of the most prominent German and Austrian composers in the Romantic period. The evening begins with the brilliant sound of the horn and other brass instruments in Prelude to Act III [...]



Stewart Copeland’s ‘The Invention of Morel’ at Long Beach Opera

March 8, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Entertainment and Events

Long Beach Opera (LBO) presents the co-world premiere of “The Invention of Morel,” by Stewart Copeland, co-founder and drummer of The Police, and the London-based actor, director and playwright Jonathan Moore, who also directs the production, on March 17 at the Beverly O’Neill Theater in Long Beach. LBO Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek conducts the opera. The opera is a [...]



Review: Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma Perform Brahms at Disney Hall

March 5, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday night, while Hollywood celebrities were celebrating their accomplishments in film and many Angelenos were watching the Academy Awards, an almost packed house at Walt Disney Concert Hall was witnessing one of the truly great musical events of the season, if not of the decade.
A power trio of superstars — pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist [...]



Review: U.S. Premiere of Andrew Norman’s ‘A Trip to the Moon’ with the LA Phil and Holst’s ‘The Planets’

March 5, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Andrew Norman’s fun and imaginative “A Trip to the Moon,” his self-described “retro-futurist sci-fi adventure opera,” is a ray of sunshine. It received its U.S. premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 2 and 3, paired with Gustav Holst’s epic “The Planets.”
Known for drawing on the classical tradition and [...]