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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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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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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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