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Review: The LA Phil’s Schumann Focus Series With Mitsuko Uchida

May 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, performed a concert of orchestral works by Robert Schumann, including the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 and the Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61. This concert was the second part of the Schumann Focus series [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’

May 15, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Rigoletto is a study in contrasts — light and dark, tender and brutal, funny and sad. LA Opera’s current production puts Giuseppe Verdi’s groundbreaking musical score front and center as the conceptual and emotional framework from which to explore these dualities. Arresting visuals, sumptuous costumes and talented singers bring the work to a high [...]



Review: Jeremy Denk at the Wallis

April 27, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On April 25, the American pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Jeremy Denk performed a recital of works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Schubert in the Bram Goldsmith Theatre of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Denk began the program on a quiet, melancholic note with the Rondo in A minor, K. [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Bernstein and Beethoven

April 23, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

What do you get when you combine the most exciting young conductor in the world today with one of the world’s best symphony orchestras which he helped to build, a renowned master chorale and talented vocalists performing arguably the greatest symphony ever written — the Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Beethoven, Op. 125 [...]



Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘Don Giovanni’

April 16, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

With the #MeToo movement lately having its cultural moment, whereby at least some men behaving badly get some form of comeuppance, it seems quite timely to have the Pacific Opera Project staging Don Giovanni, the quintessential tale of out-of-control toxic masculinity. To keep things fresh, Artistic Director Josh Shaw has taken over an old warehouse [...]



17th Dance Camera West Film Festival

April 11, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Film, Theater and Dance

In its 17th year running, the Dance Camera West Film Festival makes its mark on the West Side this Thursday through Sunday, April 12 to 15. Partnering with Jacob Jonas The Company to present “To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier,” the screenings and live performances take place at the Fowler Museum, Laemmle Film [...]



‘Keith Moon: The Real Me’ at the Hudson Theatre Mainstage

April 5, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Following a critically acclaimed run in New Orleans, Keith Moon: The Real Me continues its four-week engagement at the Hudson Theatre Mainstage in Hollywood through Sunday, April 15. Written and performed by Mick Berry with songs by Pete Townshend, the show is directed by Nancy Carlin, and the music director is Frank Simes. Check out [...]



Los Angeles Dance Project at The Wallis

April 4, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Repertory dance companies offer audiences a chance to see a variety of choreographers’ visions in one production. It’s a great way to explore different movement aesthetics, knowing that the next dance in the program may be totally different from the one now on stage. The Los Angeles Dance Project (LADP) is that kind of a [...]



Music Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Baroque Conversations

March 27, 2018 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) delivered a dynamic musical experience worthy of its iconic 50-year history and international reputation on March 22 at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Their Baroque Conversations series continued in its fourth installment of the season with “Nighttime in Four Great Cities.”
Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, with LACO since 1976, [...]



Review: U.S. Premiere of Andrew Norman’s ‘A Trip to the Moon’ with the LA Phil and Holst’s ‘The Planets’

March 5, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Andrew Norman’s fun and imaginative “A Trip to the Moon,” his self-described “retro-futurist sci-fi adventure opera,” is a ray of sunshine. It received its U.S. premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 2 and 3, paired with Gustav Holst’s epic “The Planets.”
Known for drawing on the classical tradition and [...]