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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? [...]



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: The Actors’ Gang Presents ‘Captain Greedy’s Carnival’

October 2, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

In keeping with his amusingly subversive approach to theater, Tim Robbins, artistic director of the Actors’ Gang, is calling this the “Season of Thugs, Outcasts and Heavenly Myths.” To kick it off, he is presenting Captain Greedy’s Carnival (A Musical Nightmare) through Nov. 11 at the Ivy Substation in Culver City. Playwright Jack Pinter uses [...]



Review: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at the Odyssey

September 7, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Who doesn’t love a good horror-comedy? You can drive by the Nuart Theater in West LA any Saturday night and see kids lining up for the midnight show of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Even more classic than that is Arsenic and Old Lace, playing just a stone’s throw down Sepulveda at the Odyssey Theater. [...]



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 [...]



Final Weekend of New Original Works Festival at REDCAT

August 9, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The third and final weekend of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater’s New Original Works Festival brings some highly respected and internationally renowned artists to its stage this Thursday through Saturday, August 10-12, at 8:30 p.m. Exploring new ideas in dance, performance, music, theater and multimedia, REDCAT’s three-week adventure plans to keep surprising us with [...]



Review: Long Beach Opera Presents Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s ‘Frida’ at the Museum of Latin American Art

June 28, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Art and Museums, Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Bravo to Long Beach Opera for their summer production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s “Frida,” which ended June 25. An opera as colorful as artist Frida Kahlo’s life and work, “Frida” explores the passion and pain and beauty of an important  artist. It was made all the more magical being set in the Museum of Latin [...]



Review: ‘Animal Farm’ at Theatricum Botanicum

June 26, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The arrival of warmer weather coincides with the opening of another season at the Theatricum Botanicum, the verdant outdoor theater nestled near the top of Topanga Canyon. One of the highlights of this season is an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm, onstage through Oct. 1 The 1945 novella, an allegory reflecting the events [...]



Cliburn Conversations and Tidbits

June 13, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, ended June 10. What a whirlwind for the competitors and the audience between May 25 and then!
Thirty pianists performed recitals in the preliminary round, 20 performed recitals in the quarterfinals, 12 performed recitals and Mozart concertos with the Fort [...]