A million miles away, everywhere at once:  <i>Invisible Cities</i> is an opera that embodies the LA experience
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A million miles away, everywhere at once: Invisible Cities is an opera that embodies the LA experience

Yuval Sharon and the intrepid team at “The Industry” have done it again.  Last year, they raised operatic hell with their innovative conceptualization of Anne LeBaron’s Crescent City.  This year, their take on Chris Cerrone’s Invisible Cities has an entirely different vibe, but is innovative in its own way. Invisible Cities is one of those artistic … Continue reading

Wafna!  LA Master Chorale’s fortunes remain high with grand renditions of <i>Carmina Burana</i>, Verdi’s <i>Te Deum</i>
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Wafna! LA Master Chorale’s fortunes remain high with grand renditions of Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Te Deum

After the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s rousing season opening gala, Music Director Grant Gershon decided to trot out a familiar crowd-pleaser for its second weekend of concerts:  Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  For some, the cantata has worn out its welcome long ago, but for others — myself included — it remains an entertainingly addictive thrill-ride … Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra offers a full musical spectrum in latest concert
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LA Chamber Orchestra offers a full musical spectrum in latest concert

The second set of concerts in this Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra season featured the group’s typically interesting mix of old and new, familiar and unexpected.  Music Director Jeffrey Kahane crafted a program featuring orchestral works by Britten and Mozart, and also generously invited two musicians to make their LACO debuts in a pair of divergent … Continue reading

Of its own time and space:  <i>Einstein on the Beach</i> alights onto the LA Opera stage in memorable fashion
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Of its own time and space: Einstein on the Beach alights onto the LA Opera stage in memorable fashion

Let’s see . . . how best to put this . . . Einstein on the Beach is like ice cream.  Or sex.  Or Yosemite.  Or that famously stinky flower that blooms at The Huntington. You can read or listen to descriptions, see pictures, even watch videos, but none of that can come anywhere close … Continue reading

Frank Gehry gets the hero treatment at LA Phil season opening gala
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Frank Gehry gets the hero treatment at LA Phil season opening gala

The names on the program — Gustavo Dudamel, Yo-Yo Ma — were impressive, the kind that transcend classical music into the popular consciousness.   The musical offering — Cage, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Adès, Mahler, Saint-Saëns — was noteworthy, both for its eclecticism and its ability to offer a diverse showcase for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Walt … Continue reading

A golden celebration for golden voices: LA Master Chorale struts its considerable stuff in a living tour through its legacy
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A golden celebration for golden voices: LA Master Chorale struts its considerable stuff in a living tour through its legacy

Of all the resident companies at The Music Center, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is the one that truly sets LA apart from other big metros.  Orchestras, opera and theatre companies, even ballets, are a dime a dozen in other performing arts centers, but no one else can claim an independent choir of such high … Continue reading

Strong vocalists overcome some hurdles in LA Opera’s season opening <i>Carmen</i>
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Strong vocalists overcome some hurdles in LA Opera’s season opening Carmen

The mood at Los Angeles Opera leading up to the beginning of this new season has been thoroughly buoyant, the result of a confluence of good news: After successfully dealing with a pulmonary embolism that kept him off stages and podiums all over the world,  Plácido Domingo — the company’s General Director, überbaritenor, and part-time conductor —  triumphantly returned to … Continue reading