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Review: Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Schubert’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with Michelle DeYoung

May 7, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Uncategorized

After being away for three months, LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has returned to conduct four series of concerts featuring the complete symphonies by Franz Schubert and the song cycles of Gustav Mahler. He opened the series this week with the Schubert’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82, and Symphony No. 2 [...]



Review: David Robertson Conducts the LA Phil in Music ‘From the New World’

April 24, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Uncategorized

On April 23, American conductor and Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra David Robertson presented an all-American concert of works, including Three Places in New England by American composer Charles Ives, the West Coast premiere of the LA Phil co-commission of the Organ Concerto by American composer Christopher Rouse performed by organist Paul [...]



Discount Tickets to “St. John Passion” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

April 10, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Uncategorized

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering discount tickets to Culture Spot LA readers for Bach’s “St. John Passion” on Wednesday, April 19, at 8 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
BACH’S ST. JOHN PASSION
International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra
Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor
Regula Mühlemann, soprano
Roxana Constantinescu, contralto
Benedikt Kristjansson, tenor
Jakob Pilgram, tenor
Peter Harvey, bass
Martin [...]



Contact Improvisation Founder Steve Paxton at REDCAT

May 9, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Uncategorized

Back in the days after ballet was remodeled into weight-bearing modern dance, after choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage brought chance encounters front and center, and just as the Judson Church revolutionaries de-constructed movement into post-modernism, Steve Paxton explored how “untrained” bodies could develop a dance form that came to be known as Contact [...]



Discount Tickets for eighth blackbird

April 20, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Uncategorized

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents eighth blackbird on Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. Multi-Grammy-winning contemporary classical ensemble eighth blackbird teams up with composer supergroup Sleeping Giant for “Hand Eye,” an all-new suite of six pieces, each piece crafted by one Sleeping Giant composer and highlighting one eighth blackbird musician. There will be [...]



Free Tickets to Los Angeles Master Chorale

September 22, 2015 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Uncategorized

The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, opens the 2015-16 season, its 52nd, with “The Russian Evolution,” a program of sublime Russian choral works grand and intimate, including the West Coast premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s seminal “The Canticle of the Sun,” “a glorious sonic cloudburst” (New Zealand Herald) based on the [...]



Review: ‘Green Grow the Lilacs’ at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

July 20, 2015 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance, Uncategorized

As part of their “Americana” series of productions this summer, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is offering up Green Grow the Lilacs, a 1931 play by Lynn Riggs that, while rarely performed itself, was the inspiration for the mega-hit musical Oklahoma!. If you like old-timey songs, plainspoken country folk and homespun charms, this ode to America [...]



Martha Graham Dance Company Storms Into the Valley Performing Arts Center

April 16, 2015 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Uncategorized

Though it was quite a few decades ago when the legendary pioneering dancer/choreographer Martha Graham spent a part of her teenage years in Santa Barbara, her still-operating New York City-based dance company is visiting the Southland this weekend. Presenting only one performance at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, [...]



Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Move Into UCLA

March 1, 2015 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Uncategorized

One hundred two years ago, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky premiered his groundbreaking and controversial score to the Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes performance of choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, “Le Sacre du Printemps” (Rite of Spring). Since that revolutionary event, the very same aural composition has inspired other artists to interpret the work in a myriad of [...]