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Cultural Events LA Feb 3, 4, 5, & 7

A Conversation with Gary Oldman at LACMA Followed by a screening of The Contender Fri. Feb 3. 7:30 p.m 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000 For further information, please view: http://www.lacma.org/event/oldman-conversation-contender Chinese New Year Festival 2012 at the Huntington Sat Feb. 4 & Sun Feb 5 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Musical performances, dragon dancing, calligraphy, & more. 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. 626.405.2100 For the full program schedule, please view: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=5818 Joshua Bell at Walt Disney Concert Hall Tues. Feb 7th Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F Major; Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108; Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano; Ysaÿe: Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade;” Gershwin: Three Preludes. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 323.850.2000 http://www.laphil.com

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Cultural Events LA- Jan 27, 28, 29

Da Camera Society Fri. Jan. 27.  8 pm Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano Pompeian Room,  Doheny Mansion. 8 Chester Place, LA, CA, 90007. 213-477-2929 http://dacamera.org/ Memling’s “Portrait of a Man” on loan from The Frick Collection Opens Fri. Jan. 27 Norton Simon 411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/   Mahler: Symphony No. 6 Sat, Jan 28, 8:00pm Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel, conductor. Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue. LA, CA 90012 323.850.2000 http://www.laphil.com/            

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Cultural Events LA- Jan 20, 21, 22

The recipe for this weekend’s delicious Cultural Cocktail Hour includes: One Part classical music in a museum, Two Doses of Mozart and an award-winning young violinist, and a Splash of the brightest stars in the contemporary art world. Shaken, not stirred. Enjoy! The Italian Connection: An Evening of Piano Masterworks- Norton Simon Fri. Jan. 20 7:00 p.m. Thomas Pandolfi, pianist Program includes: Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor, transcribed for solo piano by Earl Wild, four sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, a nocturne by Ottorino Respighi, and Franz Liszt’s Dante Sonata Held in the 20th-century gallery. Stickers for ensured seating will be distributed starting at 6:00 p.m. 411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/ Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents Mozart (Mostly) Sat Jan 21- 8:00 p.m Alex Theater, Glendale; Sunday Jan 22 Royce Hall, UCLA- 7:00 p.m. Andrew Shulman, conductor. Nigel Armstrong, violin. Mozart

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Plácido Domingo Awards Dinner- Feb 19th

Enjoy Dinner with Plácido Domingo During the presentations at the 14th  Plácido Domingo Awards Dinner Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2012 Eva and Marc Stern Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion After the 2:00 p.m. performance of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra For more information, please visit: http://www.hispanicsforlaopera.org/  or call (213) 792-7338

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In the news: Live Classical Music helps veterans in California hospital

Today, The Los Angeles Times reported an uplifting story related to the health benefits of music. Live classical music performances by a harpist and classical guitarist, improved the well-being of patients at a California hospital. The patients were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among other issues.Upon observing the significant changes in his patients, one doctor remarked, “It’s like an amazing miracle, and I don’t say that lightly.”  Vermeer. The Guitar Player. 1672.   For the full story, please read: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ptsd-music-20120116,0,1657849.story

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Cultural Cocktail Hour heads to San Francisco: “Masters of Venice” at the de Young Fine Arts Museum

Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power  By Leticia Marie Sanchez It was the best of times. It was the best of times. Stepping into San Francisco’s de Young Museum of Fine Arts is stepping into the Venetian Renaissance. Entering the exhibit you feel like one of the many pilgrims shown in the de Young’s reproduction of Bellini’s panoramic scene on Piazza San Marco. Gentile Bellini: Procession in the Piazza San Marco, 1496. The Masters of Venice applies to the city’s painters and power-brokers. Canvases of Venetian merchant ships made the city a maritime power. Canvases of avant-garde artists during the Quattrocento and Cinquecento like Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and Tintoretto pushed the creative envelope. The Venetian School revolutionized painting by shifting away from rigid wood panels, favoring canvases as a medium of choice as well as oil painting instead of

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Rodarte to design costumes for LA Phil’s May production of “Don Giovanni”

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced that fashion house Rodarte, who designed the costumes for the film “Black Swan” will be creating the sartorial operatic look for Mozart’s libidinous lothario, Don Giovanni. The fully staged opera debuts on May 18th at Walt Disney Concert hall.  Guess who will be in charge of the set design? None other than Frank Gehry, the mastermind architect behind Walt Disney Concert Hall itself. Not too shabby, LA Phil. Not too shabby, at all!         

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Woody Allen to perform live in LA with his New Orleans Jazz band

Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band Thurs. Dec 29- Royce Hall- UCLA- 8pm For information on tickets, please visit: http://www.uclalive.org/calendar/event_detail.asp?id=204

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Cultural Events LA: Dec 9, Dec 10, Dec 11

Family Art Night: A Head of Fashion- Fri, December 9- Norton Simon Museum Of Art 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Visit Nicolas de Largillière’s Portrait of Lambert de Vermont, c. 1697, and craft a fancy paper wig. Program free (with Museum admission) Designed for families with children ages 4 to 10 .411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/     Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Sat Dec 10 Alex Theatre. 216 North Brand Boulevard. Glendale, CA 91203 8 pm Sun, Dec 11 Royce Hall 7 pm UCLA.340 Royce Drive LA, CA 90095 Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Ralph Kirshbaum, cello; RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin; TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra; THOMAS ADÈS Three Studies from Couperin; RESPIGHI Gli uccelli (The Birds) For information about tickets, please call: 213 622 7001 or visit: http://www.laco.org/     Free Concert at LACMA-

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A little Sibelius to soothe those affected by the Santa Anas: “Chorus of the Winds” from the Tempest. Op. 109

As you rake the leaves, turn on the lights, and look at the beauty untouched that is all around us- Enjoy!

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