Classical Music and Opera

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 [...]



Ford Theatres and LA Opera Launch Audience Into Space With ‘The Hubble Cantata’

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

In case you haven’t been able to secure tickets for Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” at the Broad, we found something that sounds just as visually fantastic and mind-blowing: “The Hubble Cantata.”
Presented by the Ford Theatres and LA Opera, “The Hubble Cantata” allows the audience to “float within” recreations of iconic Hubble Space Telescope imagery. But [...]



Review: ‘Carmen’ With Ana María Martínez at LA Opera

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

The twists of fate can be cruel for artists. Too often, they only gain renown years, sometimes centuries, after toiling their lives away in relative obscurity. Such is the case with Georges Bizet. With Carmen selling out at LA Opera and adding performances, and another of his operas, The Pearl Fishers, coming later this fall, [...]



CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Deliver Deeply Moving Performances of Shostakovich and Barber

September 6, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continue their Pittsburgh Live! series with another astounding performance of two more popular works: the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dimitri Shostakovich and the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. But as they have done with other popular works he and the PSO have [...]