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Met Opera Auditions- Western Region Finals- Zipper Hall

This past Sunday was yet another afternoon filled with wonderful talent. Opera Singers from across the Western Region vied for a chance to sing on the Met Stage at auditions held at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall. Soprano Julia Metzler garnered the coveted first place! Congratulations! Other standouts included the poised, charming, and vocally impressive Katherine Beck who garnered audience acclaim for her rendition of Rossini’s “Una Voce Poco Fa” from the Barber of Seville. Tenor Brian Michael Moore was another audience favorite at the ripe old age of 25. These young singers give hope to the future of opera. Bravi!

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LA Art Show- *A MUST SEE* LA Cultural event

All Photography © 2018 by Leticia Marie Sanchez Strolling through the LA Art Show, there are delightful surprises around each corner, like the Earthenware by Picasso, who knew?         “Metamorphosis” by Erika Harrsch in which ”Extinct” Butterflies are created by currency made extinct by the  Euro And an allusion to Rodin’s “The Thinker” lost in his phone

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Chagall at LACMA: dreamy and ethereal

All Photography © 2018 by Leticia Marie Sanchez This lovely exhibit devoted to Marc Chagall (which ends Sunday January 7th) is filled with a host of costumed characters from “The Magic Flute,” “The Firebird,” “Daphnis and Chloë,” among others…  

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LA Art Show 2018: Jan 11th- Jan 14th

LA ART SHOW   OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018 | 11am – 7pm; Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 | 11am – 7pm; Sat, Jan. 13, 2018 | 11am – 7pm; Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 | 11am – 5pm TICKETS
 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-art-show-2018-tickets-39739173939 Photography and Logo © LA Art Show  

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

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 veal, coming at the very moment when

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December Blooms

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”- Percy Bysshe Shelley  (Photo snapped In the Huntington Rose Garden, December 2017) Photography © 2017 by Leticia Marie Sanchez  

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Rembrandt- A Sassy Influencer

Rembrandt- A Sassy Influencer by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark There’s a new gentleman in town who has recently arrived from England. Hailing from London’s National Gallery of Art, Rembrandt van Rijn’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34 has arrived at the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena. At the opening night preview, Norton Simon Chief Curator Carol Tognieri revealed that this is the London gentleman’s first trip to the United States. Several attendees at the opening observing the painting up close, commented on the young man’s dewy skin. Rembrandt van Rijn, Self Portrait at the Age of 34; 1640; Oil on canvas; 102 x 80 cm,  On loan from  London’s National Gallery of Art Unlike Rembrandt’s later self-portraits depicting wizened, furrowed brows, this is a dashing subject. The sumptuous gold frame itself warrants admiration. But

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The Christmas fruitcake fiasco: Puccini versus Toscanini

In her revealing book, Secret Lives of the Great Composers, Elizabeth Lundy described a fruity fiasco between two rivals: opera composers, Giacomo Puccini and conductor Arturo Toscanini: “During the years of Puccini and Toscanini’s feud, they had very little contact- except for one Christmastime incident. That year Puccini forgot to remove the conductor’s name from the list of friends to whom he sent the traditional Italian holiday gift, a pannetone cake. When Puccini realized his error, he sent Toscanini a telegram reading: “PANNETONE SENT BY MISTAKE. PUCCINI.” Toscanini replied, “PANNETONE EATEN BY MISTAKE. TOSCANINI.”

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“Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor” at the Norton Simon- a MUST SEE exhibit

Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor A MUST SEE exhibit at the Norton Simon By Leticia Marie Sanchez Stepping into the Norton Simon Museum for a new exhibition, the foresight of collector Norton Simon never ceases to impress me. Last year, perusing the sea of Picassos for the States of Mind exhibition, I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to delve into myriad iterations of Picassos work and thereby his creative process due to the deep collection acquired by Norton Simon. This month’s exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor once again felt like a seemingly boundless collection of a single artist, this time Edgar Degas.  With the exception of one loan by the Getty Museum, Norton Simon’s massive collection of Degas’ sculpture, drawing, and painting comprised the entire exhibition. A deep collection affords a viewer a rich window into the of the art of

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Wise Man: George Bernard Shaw

You use a glass mirror to see your face;  You use works of art to see your soul.”   – George Bernard Shaw                           Caravaggio, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Rome

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