Featured Articles

‘A Christmas Carol’ at A Noise Within

November 14, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, continues the cherished holiday tradition of presenting its well-loved production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” this year, onstage for the sixth holiday season. This time-honored tale of forgiveness plays 17 performances only: Friday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 23. Post show, audience members are invited to [...]



Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at Alex Theatre

November 14, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Los Angeles Youth Ballet presents the world premiere of a new production of The Nutcracker by award-winning choreographer Andrea Paris-Gutierrez starring Joffrey Ballet principal dancers Jeraldine Mendoza (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Dylan Gutierrez (Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier) in three performances: Friday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Glendale’s [...]



Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Holiday Concert at Disney Hall

November 14, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs, rings in the holidays with special guest, Grammy Award-winning opera singer Susan Graham, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert featuring the world premiere of Los Angeles-based composer Paul Gibson’s Ring Out, Wild Bells – based on Tennyson’s beloved poem and arranged [...]



Review: POP Opera Presents ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ and ‘The Medium’

November 3, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Pacific Opera Project is presenting a pair of spooky opera shorts to celebrate the season when spirits rise and walk among us. The Monkey’s Paw is a recent adaptation of an old short story, while The Medium is an hour-long meditation on the human costs of spiritual manipulation. The brevity of these pieces requires a [...]



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 [...]



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. [...]