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Happy Birthday, Maria Callas!

This week, Maria Callas would have been 90 years old She was an opera singer famous for her coloratura- expertise in adding texture and color to each note with her agile voice. Many critics have classified her as “Soprano Sfogato “- the unlimited soprano. Another classification for her voice was “Soprano Assoluta.” The Absolute Soprano. Yes she was.    

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Cultural Cocktail Hour‘s musical favorites on Thanksgiving include: “Simple Gifts” from Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” and anything by George Winston. How about you? Wishing all my readers a beautiful Thanksgiving!! Photograph Above: Autumn in Cambridge © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

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Beethoven & the Beef Stew- don’t try this at home!

In honor of Thanksgiving, Beethoven’s Beef Stew! First published by Cultural Cocktail Hour on January 21, 2011 by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark According to Norman Lebrecht, author of “The Book of Musical Anectodes” (Simon & Schuster, 1985), Beethoven flew off the handle when a waiter at the Viennese restaurant “The Swan,” brought him the wrong meat dish. Some artists are particular about their piano benches (Gould) while others are particular about their beef.  An outraged Beethoven hurled the dish, gravy and all, over the waiter’s head. Just as the wrong meat could turn him into a raging bull, the right one could turn him into a loving lamb.  When his friend Ferdinand Ries sent him a particular type of roast veal, Beethoven kissed and embraced him, telling him “never had anything given him such pleasure as the roast

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Backstage at LA Opera’s “Magic Flute”- 5 Fun Facts

                                                               Mozart & Movie *Magic*                                                 Behind-the-scenes at LA Opera’s “Magic Flute“                                                                               By                                                              Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a

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Top Picks Nov 16th & 17th in LA

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a burst of Beethoven and a shot of 12th Century Music- enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Nov 16th and 17th Hans Graf, conductor Alessio Bax, piano DUTILLEUX:  Mystère de l’instant; MOZART:  Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral” Sat. Nov. 16, 8 pm Alex Theatre, Glendale 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203 November 17, 7 pm. Royce Hall, UCLA 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095. 213 622 7001 www.laco.org Gordon Getty Concerts Music Inspired by St. Thomas of Canterbury & other 12th-Century Marvels Sat. Nov 16th 7:00 p.m Members of Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Grant Gershon. Harold M. Williams Auditorium Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 www.getty.edu      

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Top Picks this weekend in LA

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a Shot of a suspenseful jury nail-biter, a Swizzle of Shakespearian opera, and a fusion of dance and painting- enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men November 5 – December 1 The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101 626-356-7529 www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.    Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff Opening Night Saturday Nov 9th 7:30 LA Opera 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001 http://www.laopera.com/   Art in Motion at the Norton Simon Nov. 9th; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Family Festival. Live Performances. Theater | Free with admission. | No reservations needed 411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/  

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Backstage at LA Opera’s Falstaff: “Let them Eat Parkin!”

                    Let them Eat Parkin!                 (It ain’t over till Falstaff sings)                  Behind-the-scenes at LA Opera’s Falstaff By Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark It ain’t over till Falstaff sings. The chubby British knight is opera’s favorite foodie. During a backstage tour at LA Opera, director Lee Blakeley revealed that Verdi’s opera about Shakespeare’s mischievous knight centers on appetite. Lust for food, money, and carnal pleasures. The feasts on Blakely’s stage illustrate the portly knight’s gusto for gastronomy, from plump turkey to Parkin cake. This sticky, traditional British dessert made of oatmeal and treacle dates back to the precise era when Falstaff would have cavorted with his merry wives of Windsor. The Parkin

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Theater Review: Macbeth at Lincoln Center Theater starring Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff– a Must See Production

  Photography and text © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark     By Leticia Marie Sanchez No gimmicks. No tricks. Just pure unadulterated Shakespeare. Jack O’Brien’s poetic interpretation of Macbeth at Lincoln Center Theater reveals the essence of Shakespere’s text. This is where the magic happens. The dark, sparse sets by Scott Pask enhanced the aura of mysticism provided by Mark Bennett’s musical score. The minimalist set design proved especially evocative when a single black vase of red roses graced the center stage during Duncan’s murder. The red underscored the passion between Macbeth and his wife, a lust that propelled bloody deeds. As Macbeth stabbed Duncan off-stage, the red petals floated to the floor one by one in poetic fashion, leaving a hauntingly empty vase in its wake. The costumes by Catherine Zuber reflected the timelessness

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Cultural Cocktail Hour in Manhattan!

Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Cultural Cocktail Hour is in Manhattan this week! What is the recipe for the perfect Cultural Cocktail in New York City this week? Photography, Left. Museum Mile Fifth Avenue, New York © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez       #1 Lock eyes with Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring now on view at the Frick. (She’ll win the stare-down, no contest)   #2. Hie thee to the Jewish Museum to see Chagall: Love, War and Exile- for a different side to Chagall: profound and haunting. An exploration of loss both personal (his wife Bella) and global (the Holocaust) through his unique iconographical use of the Crucifixion as a secular symbol to personify suffering.     #3. Enjoy the Double, Double, Toil and Trouble at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre production of Macbeth starring Ethan Hawke! (Check back on Cultural Cocktail Hour

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Cultural Events LA: October 25th, 26th, & 27th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Sibelius, and a flourish of young talent at the Met Opera Auditions. Enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Salonen & Sibelius Walt Disney Concert Hall Fri Oct 25 8:00PM Sat Oct 26 8:00PM Sun Oct 27 2:00PM Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Leila Josefowicz, violin; IVES: The Unanswered Question; SALONEN: Violin Concerto; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5  Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/ WDCH Photo:© 2010 Leticia Marie Sanchez Metropolitan Opera National Council 2013 Western Regional Finals Saturday Oct. 26- 1:00 pm The Colburn School. Zipper Concert Hall. 200 South Grand, LA. 90012. Ticket Price Is $35 per person.Tickets may be purchased by contacting: Fred Dear, 626. 257.7878  - fldear@sbcglobal.net. Send $35 check made out to “MONC-‘Western Region.” Mail to:  MONC – Western Region, 1415 Indiana Avenue, South Pasadena, CA  91030 Colburn School Photo:

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