Classical Music and Opera

Music Review: Russian Legends at Le Salon de Musiques

January 15, 2017 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Now in its seventh season, Le Salon de Musiques, the vision of François Chouchan, continues to fascinate LA audiences with the “Masters Rediscovered” series. This concert, the fourth of the season on Jan. 8, was all Russian, focusing mostly on the “Moscow School” as defined by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his musical disciples at the Moscow [...]



Review: The Berlin Philharmonic Performs Mahler at Walt Disney Concert Hall

November 20, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, the Berlin Philharmonic, under the baton of its music director, Sir Simon Rattle, gave LA concertgoers something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, a transcendent performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E minor. Also on the program was a brief composition for a small ensemble of 15 instruments by Pierre Boulez [...]



Review: Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ at LA Opera

November 17, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

When I was a kid, they sometimes played on TV a movie that made an indelible impression on my young imagination: a Howard Hawks-directed film from 1955 called Land of the Pharaohs. I remember it less for the young Joan Collins as Princess Nellifer (“Her treachery stained every stone of the Pyramid” screamed the ads) [...]



Review: ‘The Barber of Seville’ (a POP opera)

November 15, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

By now, regular Culture Spot readers should know that Pacific Opera Project offers the best value in opera in town. For $65, you get two tickets, a table for two, a platter of snacks and a bottle of wine. While POP does do opera seria, they are best known for their irreverent and inventive comic [...]



Review: Garrick Ohlsson at Disney Hall

November 14, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday evening, the American pianist Garrick Ohlsson performed a recital of four of Beethoven’s most popular piano sonatas: the No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique,” the No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, “Moonlight,” the No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, “Waldstein,” and the No. 23 in F minor, Op 57, [...]



Music & Conversations With Lyris Quartet at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

November 8, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Art and Museums, Classical Music and Opera

One of LA’s best-kept secrets and a favorite with its substantial loyal audience, Music & Conversations will present its next concert of chamber music with the Lyris Quartet on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. Listeners should plan to arrive at 7 p.m. for wine courtesy of Casa Torelli Imports/Deluca Trattoria, and to [...]



CD Review: ‘Intimate Letters’ by the Lyris Quartet

November 8, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Since its inception in 2008, the Los Angeles-based Lyris Quartet — Alyssa Park (violin), Shalini Vijayan (violin), Luke Maurer (viola) and Timothy Loo (cello) — has championed music by contemporary composers. As the founding resident ensemble of the Hear Now Music Festival, which focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers, the quartet has [...]



Music Review: Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil in San Francisco

November 3, 2016 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

A bit of Los Angeles’ music culture came to San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall on Halloween night, Oct. 31, when the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with conductor Gustavo Dudamel, introduced young Los Angeles composer Andrew Norman’s composition titled “Play.” Norman personally introduced his piece, and then we were swept away into a most enjoyable 45 minutes [...]



Free Tickets to Montreal’s collectif9 at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

October 31, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz presents Montreal’s cutting-edge classical nine-piece string band, collectif9, on Nov. 4. Featuring both original scores and new arrangements with lights, staging and amplification more commonly seen at rock concerts, collectif9 heralds a new age in genre-bending classical performance. Performing folk-inspired music by Brahms, Bartók, Schnittke and André Gagnon, the band transcends all [...]



CD Review: ‘Home Is a Harbor’ by Mark Abel

October 28, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

“Art music” is a coded phrase for music that most people would consider strange, offbeat or eccentric. Mark Abel’s first opera, Home Is a Harbor is all those things, but in a good way, mostly. This California-based composer has a unique sound that blends many influences and musical genres and offers an inventive vision of [...]