Classical Music and Opera

Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘The Elixir of Love’

February 18, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Call me a reactionary, but I love Donizetti operas. While he composed nearly 70 operas in a variety of genres, he is best known for his comic operas. In this genre, both in music and story, it seems his only aim is to entertain. He mixes lighthearted banter with broad comic bravado and just a [...]

Review: Dudamel Conducts LA Phil with Lisa Batiashvili

February 5, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in works by three Russian-born composers, (K)ein Sommernachtstraum by Alfred Schnittke; the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Tchaikovsky, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist; and Selections from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. Not only were all three composers Russian, but they all wrote music [...]

Review: LA Opera’s ‘Abduction From the Seraglio’

January 29, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

When Wolfgang Mozart was born in 1756, there would still have been many old-timers who remembered the great siege of Vienna by Ottoman Turkish hordes in 1683. While the threat of Muslim aggression grew ever less worrisome with succeeding years, Mozart, like most Europeans, remained fascinated by the strange, impenetrable world of the sultans in [...]

Free Tickets to Los Angeles Master Chorale

January 17, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Los Angeles Master Chorale will present its first performances of Beethoven’s powerful Missa solemnis in 13 years on its own concert series on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Heralded as a pillar of the choral and orchestral repertoire, the work is considered [...]

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 [...]