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Greetings from Umbria!

Photography and text © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Greetings from Umbria! Artists including Cimabue, Giotto, Perugino, Fillipo Lippi, and Piero della Francesca spent time in this verdant oasis. How could they not be inspired? Even the crickets in Umbria are creative types, performing a rigorous daily and nightly symphony. Insomniacs needing a quick fix in the US actually pay to hear this chirping sound on their Sound Soothing machine.  Leave the sound soothers at home. The Crickets and everything else in Umbria (the divine Bufala mozzarella, for instance!) are all real. All natural. Alleluia.  

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Cultural Cocktail Hour heads to Umbria

Cultural Cocktail Hour heads this summer to Umbria, which is known as Il cuore verde d’Italia‘, “The Green Heart of Italy.” Check back in September for photography from Umbria, including the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi, seen in the photo at the left. In the meantime, please enjoy this excerpt of a prayer attributed to Saint Francis. “Make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred, let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.” Similarly, Cultural Cocktail Hour believes that the highest goal of art and culture is to illuminate, inspire create joy, and forge human understanding.  Wishing my readers a glorious summer!

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Cultural Events LA: June 28, 29, & 30

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes 1 Part Architecture, A Splash of Schubert, and a Blaue Reiter Fusion! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Color, Line and Form: Alexei Jawlensky and the Music of His Time Fri. June 28 7:00 – 8:00 pm Dr. Polli Chambers-Salazar, pianist Norton Simon Museum of Art.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/   A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. 152 North Central Avenue. Los Angeles, CA, 90012 http://www.moca.org Image ©Gehry Partners, LLP National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) Proposal, West Elevation 2012 Capitol Ensemble Sun June 30. 6 pm Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, Trout. Free, no reservations LACMA. Bing Theater. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000 http://www.lacma.org/

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Cultural Events LA: June 14-16

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes 1 Oz. Jazz and a double dose of Opera! Enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Billy Childs Quartet Fri. June 14th –6 pm Free, no reservations. BP Grand Entrance. LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000 http://www.lacma.org/ Los Angeles Dream Orchestra Sat, June 15 7:00 pm In celebration of the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Wagner, this Award Concert is presented by Bohemians, The Opera Association of Los Angeles, and The Dream Orchestra La Forza del Destino Overture/Tannhauser Overture/Clarinet Concertino/ La Donna e Mobile/ O Mio Babbino Caro/ Toreador/ Au Fond du Temple Saint Immanuel Church. 3300 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90010 For information on tickets/Donation – 323. 636. 2788. www.ladreamorchestra.com Free Community Opera Recital at Santa Monica Library Sat June 15 3:00-4:00 Reservations Not Required Highlights from LA Opera’s 2013/14 season,

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Young Verdi: Altar Boy

Verdi

By Leticia Marie Sanchez       Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark In honor of the 200th birthday of Italian Composer Giuseppe Verdi, Cultural Cocktail Hour will be sharing anecdotes about the life of this illustrious maestro. In his Book of Musical Anecdotes, Norman Lebrecht relates a revealing incident from Verdi’s childhood. The seven-year-old Verdi, born into a modest family, once served as an altar boy at the church of Le Rencole. During Fête Day, the young boy heard the organ for the first time. Transported by the emanating musical harmonies, the child did not hear the priest’s request for water. Three times did the priest make his demand, to no avail. Enraged at the child with his head in the clouds, the priest struck a severe blow, pushing young Verdi down the three altar stairs, knocking him into unconsciousness. When

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Cultural Events June 8th and 9th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a Splash of the Renaissance and a Dash of the heart-breaking Tosca! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Gardens of the Renaissance An Illuminated Manuscript Exhibition Getty Center.1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/   LA Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca Sat. June 8th 7:30 P.M. 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001 http://www.laopera.com/   Photo: Robert Millard

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LA Cultural Events May 24th, 25th, & 26th

Memorial Day weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes 1 dose of Doheny, 2 dashes of Balanchine, and a swirl of Medici Jewels. On the Rocks! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Da Camera Society Horszowski Piano Trio May 24, 8 pm Doheny Mansion Shostakovich Trio No. 1 in C, Op. 8; Dvorák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in f, Op. 65; Piano Trio No. 1 in F by Saint-Saëns 8 Chester Place, LA, CA, 90007. 213-477-2929 http://dacamera.org Balanchine Festival: Red May 25, 7:30pm Valley Performing Arts Center. 18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91330-8448 May 26, 2pm Alex Theatre, Glendale. 216 North Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203 http://losangelesballet.org/ Gems of the Medici Bowers Museum. 2002 N. Main Street. Santa Ana, CA, 92706. 714.567.3600 http://www.bowers.org  

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Cultural Events: May 17, 18, & 19th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail includes: a tall glass of Mozart, a swirl of Tosca, and a Bollywood Pacific Asian Fusion on a museum dance floor! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy: The Marriage of Figaro Walt Disney Concert Hall Fri, May 17: 7:30 PM Sun. May 19: 2:00pm Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Set design by Jean Nouvel; Costumes by Azzedine Alaïa; Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012. (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/ LA Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca Conducted by Plácido Domingo Opening Night May 18: 7:30 P.M. 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001 http://www.laopera.com/ Fusion Friday May 17: 7:30-10:30 Pacific Asia Museum Art, DJ music, & drinks in the courtyard; gourmet food trucks, Indonesian shadow puppet performance; DJ Arshia’s Bollywood dance mix, Free for members, $15

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Cultural Cocktail Hour- Top Picks May 9th, 10th, & 11th

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 3 Tablespoons of a well-aged bottle of Bach, a soupçon of Sicily, and a shot of Schoenberg- enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS Thurs, May 9, 7pm Zipper Concert Hall. Colburn School. 200 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 Margaret Bajtier, leader & violin;Allan Vogel, oboe d’amore; Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Sinfonia in D minor, “Adagio and Fugue,” FK 65; Johann Sebastian Bach Oboe d’amore Concerto in A major (orig. Harpsichord Concerto No. 4), BWV 1055; Johann Christian Bach Sinfonia in D major, Op. 3, No. 1; Johann Sebastian Bach’sViolin Concerto No. 2 in E major For more information about tickets, please see: http://www.laco.org/ SICILY: ART AND INVENTION BETWEEN GREECE & ROME Getty Villa.  17985 Pacific Coast Highway. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. 310. 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu/  

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LA Cultural Events May 3rd, 4th, & 5th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail includes a Splash of Rodin, A Dash of Van Gogh, and a New World Symphony. Enjoy! Rodin SEGERSTROM HALL, Costa Mesa Dates: May 3 – 5 Choreography and staging by Boris Eifman Music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Jules Massenet and Maurice Ravel Fri May 3: 7:30; Sat May 4 2:00 + 7:30; Sun May 5th 2:00 600 Town Center Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 For tickets and information, visit SCFTA.org or call (714) 556–2787   Lecture: Van Gogh under the Microscope: Investigating the “Portrait of a Peasant; (Patience Escalier)” Sat May 4. 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Speakers: Devi Ormond, Associate Paintings Conservator, J. Paul Getty Museum &Lauren Bradley, Assistant Conservator, J. Paul Getty Theater | Free with admission | From the Norton Simon Website: “We encourage you to arrive no later than 3:00 p.m., when stickers for ensured seating

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