Classical Music and Opera

CD Review: Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic record Charles Ives symphonies for Deutsche Grammophon

September 16, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The new live recording of all four symphonies by the American composer Charles Ives by Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil on Deutsche Grammophon represents a significant moment in classical music. Dudamel is no longer the wunderkind of classical music; he has evolved into a mature conductor, at home not only with the classics, but […]

Long Beach Opera fall programming

September 16, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

While the Covid-19 pandemic has shuttered many performing arts organizations around the world, Long Beach Opera (LBO) has been industriously devising live innovative performance opportunities for both its artists and audiences.  Three new offerings are announced for fall 2020 including the 2020 Songbook, a fundraiser premiering 20 newly commissioned works, Viva VERDI, an online course focusing on […]

Cliburn Kids

September 16, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Cliburn launches its expanded, robust online music education program for elementary-school students: Cliburn Kids. Created as a resource for school districts, teachers and parents, the initiative includes 27 lesson plans to date, each with a 7- to 10-minute video, and corresponding individual and class activities that meet objectives of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills […]

CAP UCLA Offers Free Fall Season and New Subscriptions

September 5, 2020 | By | Category: Books and Lectures, Classical Music and Opera, Entertainment and Events, Theater and Dance

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), a leading West Coast presenter dedicated to the advancement of contemporary performing arts in all disciplines, is now offering subscriptions, in addition to membership, to access online programming this season. The monthly subscription will include a four-month free trial with charges beginning Jan. 2, 2021, and […]

LA Opera’s RING-a-THON on #LAOatHome

July 25, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

LA Opera’s RING-a-THON on #LAOatHome Streaming LIVE on Facebook and at (available for on-demand listening after) July 25, 2020    8 am PDT: Das Rheingold     11 am PDT: Die Walküre    3 pm PDT: Siegfried    7 pm PDT: Götterdämmerung 

Violins of Hope: Niv Ashkenazi releases a CD in advance of 2021 concerts and exhibits

May 25, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Violins of Hope (Albany Records), violinist Niv Ashkenazi and pianist Matthew Graybil perform a variety of short works for violin and piano by such composers as Ernst Bloch, Maurice Ravel, John Williams (“Theme from Schindler’s List”) and Sharon Farber, as well as Jewish composers who were affected in some way by the Holocaust. Ashkenazi, […]

CD Review: Manfred Honeck Conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky and Leshnoff

May 20, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

We at Culture Spot are always thrilled to get a new release from Reference Recordings of Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 is no exception. One thing we’ve come to expect from Honeck and the PSO is an exciting interpretation and performance of whatever work […]

CD Review: Composer Mark Abel’s ‘The Cave of Wondrous Voice’

May 13, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Cave of Wondrous Voice, the latest recording featuring new works by composer Mark Abel, is itself a wondrous creation. It features a variety of chamber music pieces in a traditional style but with a contemporary sound. The Delos CD includes three chamber works, two for clarinet, including Intuition’s Dance for clarinet and piano and […]

POP presents ‘The Magic Flute’ watch party

May 5, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 5 p.m. PST, Pacific Opera Project (POP) presents an interactive watch party for a rebroadcast of POP’s 2019 critically acclaimed season opening production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute(#SuperFlute), set in classic video games from the early 1990s. The “super” production transports Papageno, Tamino and the gang to the land of video games resembling Mario Bros. and Zelda with […]

Long Beach Opera daily live shows

May 5, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Long Beach Opera has launched a series of daily live shows that include performances, conversations and interviews featuring a diverse array of LBO artists.  The series continues with baritone Andy Wilkowske (May 5 at 4 p.m.) who was in the 2018 production of The Invention of Morel, Suzan Hanson (May 6 at 4 p.m.) who has appeared […]