Kapow!

And all of a sudden, the calendar is full to bursting. Concerts are back, with a very musical vengeance. (Take that, COVID!) It’s great to see a week like this, with opera, concerts, recitals and more clamoring for audiences. Halfway through Lent, look for special services, oratorios and so much excellent sacred music that the … Read more

LAMC mixes it up with “Handel / Pärt”

It was good to be back at Walt Disney Concert Hall last Sunday, and with a house that looked about 3/4 full, it seems plenty of other folks were glad to be there for the LA Master Chorale, as well. Starting the concert with “Prayer for Ukraine” by Mykola Lysenko, in a rich and evocative … Read more

Spring!

It’s a season, it’s a feeling, it’s a verb, and it’s a little feathered friend who is not appearing here just for the cute factor.  (But ain’t he, tho?) Spring is the perfect time to spruce up, shake off the doldrums and refresh any part of your life that seems to need it.  We’ll be talking about … Read more

Thoughts on disruption

It’s been a very big week for SoCal arts, with both happy and sad news aplenty. But we’re used to some shaking, right? The Colburn School announced a mammoth $350 million expansion with the help of some architect named Frank Gehry (oh yeah, he’s that guy who likes silver buildings…). Long Beach Opera canceled their … Read more

Long Beach Opera cancels ‘Stimmung’ amid organizational strife

Long Beach Opera has canceled all performances of the upcoming ‘STIMMUNG’, amid controversy and staff resignations. We share their official statement and wish everyone involved the best.

Forget January — how about now?

Next week marks the start of spring, and I have a little suggestion: Whether or not you made New Year’s resolutions this year, it might be a good time to pick something NOW to change between now and next spring.  Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, energy and inspiration.  We’re also facing a lot … Read more

Review: LAO dances their way into a Bach masterwork

With the help of the Hamburg Ballet and their venerable US-born choreographer John Neumeier, our own LA Opera opened a run of J.S. Bach’s ‘St. Matthew Passion’ last Saturday, to powerful effect. Background The Bach oratorio is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of Western sacred music, a dramatic Baroque gem that defied … Read more

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