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Review: Garrick Ohlsson at The Broad Stage

February 25, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Garrick Ohlsson, the American pianist and 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition winner, returned to Los Angeles for a Feb. 23 recital at The Broad Stage. (He last performed at Disney Hall in November 2016 [see our review].)
Ohlsson chose a very demanding program, beginning with a piece he played when he last performed in LA, the [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Brahms With World Premiere by Joseph Pereira

January 29, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On the beautiful and warm Sunday afternoon of Jan. 28, the LA Phil, conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presented a concert of works by Stravinsky, Joseph Pereira and Brahms.
The concert opened with an early work (1908) by the 28-year-old Igor Stravinsky — Fireworks, Op. 4 — which predates his major and revolutionary ballet scores, [...]



Review: LA Phil Performs Mozart and Bruckner With Michael Tilson-Thomas and Khatia Buniatishvili

December 18, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

For the second time in a little more than two weeks, an ailing conductor had to be replaced for a concert with the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two weeks ago, it was Miguel Harth-Bedoya who was replaced with Jonathon Heyward. On Saturday night, it was Michael Tilson-Thomas replacing Zubin Mehta who had [...]



Review: ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ at the Wallis

December 14, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

I’m always interested in the genesis of complex works: What was the spark? How did it develop? What collaborations were key to its success? The Heart of Robin Hood, now playing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, has particularly unusual DNA. It’s an English myth, re-envisioned by a British screenwriter, filtered through [...]



Review: Jonathon Heyward Conducts LA Phil With Hilary Hahn

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

On Dec. 3, concertgoers at Walt Disney Concert Hall arrived expecting a concert conducted by guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, but discovered on the program insert that he had to cancel due to illness and was being replaced by the young American conductor and LA Phil Dudamel Conducting Fellow Jonathon Heyward. The program, which was originally [...]



‘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 [...]