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This weekend Top Picks in LA: Jan 17-19

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a splash of Brahms and more than a dash of Art: Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark AX BRAHMS PROJECT: Emanuel Ax & Robin Ticciati Fri Jan 17 8:00PM; Sat Jan 18 2:00PM; Sun Jan 19 2:00 PM; LIGETI: Melodien; BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/   LA Art Show Jan16-19 LA Convention Center; South Hall J and K; 1201 South Figueroa St. LA, CA 90015 http://www.laartshow.com/

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Happy New Year to my readers!

 Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark In 2013, Cultural Cocktail Hour traveled through Andalusia, Umbria, Chianti, and Tuscany. Wishing my readers around the globe a very HAPPY NEW YEAR replete with Many Blessings, Cultural Adventures, and Creative Inspiration! Best Wishes, Leticia Marie Sanchez, Editor-in-Chief, C.C.H.  

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Meet the Duke of Osuna

Goya’s Portrait of Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, at the Norton Simon By Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Cultural Cocktail Hour had the pleasure of meeting the Duke of Osuna at the Norton Simon last week. The Duke is currently wintering in sun-drenched Pasadena, on a vacation from his Upper East Side pied-à-terre, New York’s Frick Collection. Accompanied by his entourage, Senior Frick Curator Grace Galassi and Norton Simon Chief Curator Carol Tognieri, the Duke met members of the press on Thursday evening. Allow me now to introduce you, fair readers, to the Duke. Here are some tidibits to help you get to know this bigwig.(His literal perruque is quite subtle and ever-so-tasteful.) 3 Fun Facts about Goya’s Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna #1 Check out the Letter When you are standing in front of the portrait,

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Mozart’s Mug Shot?

Holy Cadenza! Do you recognize this guy? This photo represents a facial composite of  that 21 year old wunderkind Mozart, created in the around 1990s by the Bundeskriminalamt Wiesbaden—the Federal Criminal Police Office of Wiesbaden, Germany—from four portraits painted during the composer’s lifetime, according to the website Dangerous Minds. Via: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/mozarts_mug_shot What do you think? Would you trust this guy with a Sonata? Incidentally, Mozart found forgiveness for one of the few “illegal” activities in which he found himself embroiled. As a 14 year old, he created the first illegal copy of “Misere,” a piece heavily protected by the Vatican. Even copying the piece from memory (as Mozart did) was punishable by excommunication. However, when the Pope met the young prodigy, instead of scolding him, he lavished the youngster with high praise. But, of course!

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Where Turtle Doves & Thunderstorms Collide: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Cultural Cocktail Hour adores arts-fusion. On Friday night, I listened to the “Four Seasons” performed by the Salastina Music Society and left with a new understanding of not only the music, but also the charming characters populating Vivaldi’s masterpiece. This unique musical exploration, hosted by Brian Lauritzen, translated each note and instrument into a vivid character in the Sonnets of “The Four Seasons.” Who knew that in the Allegro non molto section of Summer, you are actually hearing a Cuckoo bird? The diverse birds in that whole passage make it an orinthologist’s delight! In Autumn there’s a chase-scene (not telling you how it ends), and in the adagio section in summer- violins play the role of gnats. Yes, Gnats! (Next time someone suggests that classical music is too rarefied, just combat that with the fact that a measure in the lofty Four Seasons

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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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