Classical Music and Opera

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 [...]



Review: Garrick Ohlsson at The Broad Stage

February 25, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Garrick Ohlsson, the American pianist and 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition winner, returned to Los Angeles for a Feb. 23 recital at The Broad Stage. (He last performed at Disney Hall in November 2016 [see our review].)
Ohlsson chose a very demanding program, beginning with a piece he played when he last performed in LA, the [...]



Garrick Ohlsson at The Broad Stage

February 14, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess.
Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature.
On Friday, [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Brahms With World Premiere by Joseph Pereira

January 29, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On the beautiful and warm Sunday afternoon of Jan. 28, the LA Phil, conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presented a concert of works by Stravinsky, Joseph Pereira and Brahms.
The concert opened with an early work (1908) by the 28-year-old Igor Stravinsky — Fireworks, Op. 4 — which predates his major and revolutionary ballet scores, [...]



Review: LA Phil Performs Mozart and Bruckner With Michael Tilson-Thomas and Khatia Buniatishvili

December 18, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

For the second time in a little more than two weeks, an ailing conductor had to be replaced for a concert with the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two weeks ago, it was Miguel Harth-Bedoya who was replaced with Jonathon Heyward. On Saturday night, it was Michael Tilson-Thomas replacing Zubin Mehta who had [...]