Classical Music and Opera

Review: Dilijan Chamber Series Mansurian Birthday Concert

February 6, 2019 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera

In a recent interview, Tigran Mansurian said he considered himself a musical “grandson” of Dmitri Shostakovich, the doyen of Soviet composers during the mid-20th century. As with his friends and colleagues Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Andrei Volkonsky and Edison Denisov, among others who stood at the head of the post-Shostakovich avant-garde in the former Soviet [...]



Sarah Gibson Premieres Composition With LACO

January 25, 2019 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Peter Oundjian, formerly of the Tokyo String Quartet, has put his chamber music days behind him and has now taken up the baton, accruing to the critical plaudits he has earned over a lifetime as a chamber music partner. Southern California audiences will get an opportunity to hear him in this latest guise when he [...]



Interview with Composer Tigran Mansurian

January 25, 2019 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The milestone represented by the marking of one’s 80th birthday is doubtless a profound one, a token of the human activity—present and long past—which has unspooled before them over the decades, with its memories imprinting themselves upon the soul like static images burned onto a projector screen. But for an artist like Tigran Mansurian, who [...]



Review: Long Beach Opera’s ‘The Black Cat’

January 23, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

One of the most exciting cultural institutions in the LA area is, without a doubt, Long Beach Opera. With Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek at the helm, Long Beach Opera has become known for producing fresh, genre-defying, highly artistic and inventive operas like “Frida Kahlo” (read our review), “The Invention of Morel” (read our [...]



Review: Brendan White plays Liszt and Scriabin

January 16, 2019 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera

It was an incongruous, yet curiously stimulating mingling of incense and sulphur that awaited the listener Jan. 16 at the Glendale City Church. On one hand, the dulcet lyricism of gratitude to the Creator of creators from the future Abbé Liszt; on the other, the chtonian cries—part Aubrey Beardsley, part Aleister Crowley—of the voluptuary Alexander [...]



Free Santa Monica Symphony Concert

January 8, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with the Santa Monica Symphony’s annual MLK Holiday Concert on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. The music of African-American composers George Walker and James Weldon Johnson share the program with Mozart and Mendelssohn along with a piece by Santa Monica composer Adrienne Albert. All [...]



Review: Zubin Mehta Conducts Brahms’ Symphonies 3 and 4

January 8, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

With his new title of Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta concluded two weeks of concerts this past weekend celebrating the symphonies and concertos of Johannes Brahms. On Friday night, he conducted the LA Phil in Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 with famed violinist Pinchas Zukerman, and the [...]



Classical CDs of 2018

December 23, 2018 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Classical music, some argue, is currently experiencing, if not an outright crisis, at the very least some discomfort over itself, its legacy and how that all can manage to remain relevant to a wide audience in the 21st century. Trends in the recording industry and attendance of major musical organizations reflect this situation, with a [...]



Review: Dilijan Chamber Music at Zipper Hall

December 17, 2018 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

A chill breeze set in late Sunday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles, wafting through the skyscrapers, and setting trees swaying with a rustling that was a harbinger of the winter that will arrive in a matter of days. Its bite was already felt at the tips of one’s fingers, in the hollow of one’s cheeks. [...]



Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs Brandenburg Concertos

December 4, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual presentation of Bach’s much-loved Brandenburg Concertos just in time for the holiday season in Davis (Dec. 8)  and at Disney Hall in Los Angeles (Dec. 9), and then at Alice Tully Hall in New York (Dec. 14, 16 and 18).
Sunday, Dec. [...]