Classical Music and Opera

Review: Valery Gergiev Conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in an All-Russian Program at Disney Hall

November 2, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

This has been a month of visiting orchestras at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two Sundays ago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed (see http://culturespotla.com/2017/10/review-riccardo-muti-conducts-the-chicago-symphony-in-brahms-at-disney-hall/). On Monday night the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was in town (see http://culturespotla.com/2017/10/review-zubin-mehta-conducts-the-israel-philharmonic-and-yefim-bronfman/). And last night it was the Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly the Kirov Orchestra during the Soviet era) led by its music [...]



Review: Zubin Mehta Conducts the Israel Philharmonic and Yefim Bronfman

October 31, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Monday night, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra returned for their annual pilgrimage to Los Angeles and an almost sold-out crowd at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
As with previous concerts, a lot of people from LA’s large Jewish community turned out, along with the extra security guards and bomb-sniffing dogs. But, unlike times past, [...]



Review: Riccardo Muti Conducts the Chicago Symphony in Brahms at Disney Hall

October 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

What do you get when you mix a storied American orchestra with a great Italian conductor and exalted German romantic music? A feast for the ears and the soul!
On Sunday night, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under its music director, Riccardo Muti, performed two symphonies by Johannes Brahms, the Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. [...]



CD Review: Philippe Jordan Directs the Vienna Symphony in Beethoven’s 1st and 3rd Symphonies

October 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Oct. 13 in Europe and Oct. 20 here, the Wiener Symphoniker released Beethoven Symphonies 1/ 3, the first disc in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies recorded with Music Director Philippe Jordan. After eight months in which Philippe Jordan has conducted all the symphonies with the Vienna Symphony in Vienna and on tour in China, this [...]



Free Tickets to Trio Voronezh at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

October 18, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents Trio Voronezh on Oct. 26. The internationally acclaimed ensemble produces incredibly exciting sounds and compelling arrangements of classics across a variety of musical styles, all played upon Russian folk instruments. Trio Voronezh’s astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation give the trio the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, [...]



Le Salon de Musiques Kicks Off 8th Season

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

Le Salon de Musiques kicked off their eighth season of intimate chamber music on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Oct. 15 with a program titled “Romantic Splendors,” featuring the String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 by Beethoven, the Duo for Violin and Viola in E [...]



Review: Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ at LA Opera

October 8, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Hot on the heels of the perennial smash Carmen, LA Opera is mounting another earlier opera from Georges Bizet, The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles). Instead of Southern Spain, this time we are whisked halfway around the world to Sri Lanka at the confluence of industry, religion and lust. Good ingredients for an opera? [...]



Dudamel and LA Phil Perform Mozart

October 5, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil continued their partial Mozart month on Sunday with a concert titled “Mozart 1791: The Final Piano Concerto.” In addition to the Piano Concerto, No. 27, in B-flat Major, K. 595, with Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, the concert included works composed very late in the composer’s life: the overture from [...]



Discount Tickets to Chicago Symphony Orchestra

October 3, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

A special offer from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County for Culture Spot LA readers: 20% off tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
MONDAY | OCT. 16, 2017 | 8 P.M.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Opening night of the Philharmonic Society’s 2017-18 season features the multi-Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra in [...]



Victor Vanacore’s ‘La Sorgente’ Premieres at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood

October 2, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Grammy-winning composer/arranger/conductor Victor Vanacore – who has been at the nexus of classical and pop music for more than 30 years, shaping the artistry of the Jackson 5, Ray Charles and Natalie Cole, among many others – conducts the world premiere of his latest work, “La Sorgente,” 10 neo-classical arias he composed to the poetry of Pope [...]