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ARIA’s Opening Night Festivities at LA OPERA- From Russia with Love

ARIA’s Opening Night Festivities at LA Opera: From Russia With Love All text and Photography © 2011 By Leticia Marie Sanchez At LA Opera’s ARIA’s White Night party, chaired by actress and singer-songwriter Emmy Rossum a vivacious fur-capped hostess floated around the dance floor bearing divine desserts. As James Bond would say, from Russia With Love. The Maestro himself, Placido Domingo, appeared at the ARIA party to introduce the talented artists behind the production of Eugene Onegin including:conductor James Conlon,Stage Director Francesca Gilpin, and Lighting Designer Peter Mumford. Additionally, the party goers met the stars of Eugene Onegin including: Dalibor Jenis (Eugene Onegin), Oksana Dyka (Tatiana), Vsevolod Grinov (Lensky), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Olga), James Creswell (Prince Germin), Ronnita Nicole Miller (Filipievna), and Keith Jameson (Monsieur Triquet). The Über-talented Oksana Dyka (third from Left, below) whose performance as Tatiana brought down the opera house with multiple standing

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Cultural Events LA- September 17th and 18th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail involves the opening weekend of opera season! Two doses of Russian romance and 1 dose of Mozart Mischief- enjoy! PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY’S EUGENE ONEGIN Opens Sat. Sept. 17. 7:30 p.m.  LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001 http://www.laopera.com/ ARIA WHITE NIGHT CELEBRATION with Emmy Rossum- Honorary ARIA Chair- Eugene Onegin After Party- Sat Sept 17th ARIA is LA Opera’s group for young professionals in their 20′s, 30′s, and 40′s with an interest in opera. ARIA tickets include a ticket to the opera performance and access to the After-Party, with Russian-inspired hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment, and dancing. For more on ARIA, including information on how to purchase tickets to Saturday’s party, please visit: http://www.losangelesopera.com/community/youngpro.aspx   WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART’S COSI FAN TUTTE Opens Sun. Sept. 18. 2:00 p.m. LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave.

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Review: Itzhak Perlman and Beethoven at the Hollywood Bowl

By Leticia Marie Sanchez The program notes for Tuesday’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl included a 1920 quotation from Italian musician and conductor Ferrucio Busoni, “With Beethoven humanity enters into music for the first time.” Busoni’s postulate also holds true for the humanistic performance of violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman who led the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s in an all-Beethoven program including Romance No. 1 in G Major, Romance No. 2 in F. Major, Symphony No. 8 in F Major, and Symphony No. 5. The indefatigable Mr. Perlman had the dual role of violist and conductor at Tuesday’s magnificent performance. Mr. Perlman’s sensitive interpretation of Beethoven had guts, soul, and heart. As a conductor, Maestro Perlman is easily the best one to have graced the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for his talent in bringing out the best in each individual member

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The Magical World of Peter Lai: Fashion event Thursday Sept 8th at Pacific Asia Museum

The Magical World of Peter Lai  by Leticia Marie Sanchez Stepping into the shop of San Marino designer Peter Lai is a step into a magical world. The visitor slips into a realm of Venetian masks, Chinese costumes imbued with symbolism from the Qing Dynasty, and contemporary Californian designs. A Hong Kong native, Mr. Lai was born into a family of costume designers for Hong Kong’s opera, television, and film industry. Mr. Lai’s shop has been a fixture on Mission Street in San Marino for decades, and his exquisitely detailed gowns add glamour to museum galas and social events like the Save Venice ball. Left: Design by Peter Lai. Right: Rose Detail, Peter Lai designs In 2004, Mr. Lai won the Golden Needle designer award in a competition whose industry judges included Mr. Blackwell, creator of the infamous Best and Worst

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Cultural Events LA labor day weekend- Sept. 1, Sept 5. Sept 6

This week’s Cultural Cocktail includes a dose of antiquity, a labor-free stroll through LACMA, and one of the world’s greatest violinists!  Trojan Women (after Euripides) at the Getty Villa 8:00 P.M. SITI Company, directed by Anne Bogart and adapted by Jocelyn Clarke. Previews Thursday–Saturday, September 1–3 Performances: Thursdays–Saturdays, September 8–October 1 Getty Villa, Outdoor Classical Theater. For more information call (310) 440-7300 or visit: http://www.getty.edu/ LACMA FREE Labor Day Monday, September 5th 12 pm *Free* day at the museum (all day) including a live performance. Tickets required*Does not include free admission to the Tim Burton exhibit or any specially ticketed exhibitions. LACMA• 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA http://www.lacma.org/ ITZHAK PERLMAN performs Beethoven Tuesday, Sept. 6, 8:00PM Hollywood Bowl. 2301 North Highland Avenue. Hollywood, CA 90068. Los Angeles Philharmonic. Itzhak Perlman, violin/conductor. Beethoven: Two Romances, Symphony No. 8 For more information, call (323).850.2000 or visit: http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/

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Review- Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”– Just How Private? by Leticia Marie Sanchez In the International City Theater’s light-hearted production of “Private Lives,” divorced couple Elyot and Amanda cannot seem to live with-or without- each another. Caroline Kinsolving embodied the headstrong, alluring Amanda while Freddy Douglass portrayed the witty, brooding Elyot Chase. The glamorous costumes and music in the ICT production enhanced the accidental reunion of the jet-setting pair in Deauville, France. Elyot and Amanda go from loving each other one minute to throwing barbs (and records) at each other the next. Adam J. Smith‘s sensitive performance as Amanda’s caring second husband Victor infused a dose of integrity to the chaos; despite being ditched by the runaway bride, he returned to ensure her safety. Underneath the veneer of biting wit and tumultuous emotions, one could not help but feel that something was missing- not

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Cultural Events this weekend in LA: Aug 26, 27, 28

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” Fri. Aug 26 (Opening Night) + Sat. Aug 27 8pm. Sun Aug 28 2pm. Directed by Luke Yankee. Featuring Jennice Butler, Wendy Cutler, Freddy Douglas, Caroline Kinsolving, Adam J. Smith. INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE Long Beach Performing Arts Center.300 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach CA 90802 For information on tickets and show times,  For information on tickets and show times, please call (562) 436-4610 or visit: www.InternationalCityTheatre.org  Photo by: C. Delgado Saturdays off the 405- Getty Museum- party Sat, Aug. 27 6:00 Music: Charles Bradley and DJ Clifton Free Spotlight after Dark tours in the galleries at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/ LACMA- Daniel Rothmuller (cello) and Bernadene Blaha (piano) Sun. August 28 6 pm Chopin: Sonata, Opus 65, and Brahms: Sonata in E minor, Opus 38 Bing Theater.  

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Film Review: Mozart’s Sister- now playing in Los Angeles and New York

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Mozart’s Sister, directed by René Féret,  presents a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the Mozart family: ambitious patriarch Leopold, his doting wife Anna-Maria, and his gifted children Woofgang and Nannerl (played by Feret’s daughter, Marie). The film contrasts the exterior aspect of the musical family, including the children’s performances at court with an interior portrait of a family who engages in pillow fights at bed-time, and more sinisterly, the unyielding favoritism that Leopold showed his young son. The rigid Leopold squelches his young daughter’s talents by not only refusing her an education, but by falsely telling her that her compositions (which he passes off as those of Wolfgang) lack merit. The mistreatment of Nannerl was not unusual at the time.  In his book “The Other Mendelssohn,” Larry Todd describes the life of another talented and relatively

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Cultural Events LA- Aug 19, 20, 21

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes two doses of Beethoven blended with Pacific Asia Fusion, and topped with Mozart- not on the rocks, but on the lawn of the Huntington library- enjoy! Beethoven’s Ninth- Hollywood Bowl Thurs, August 18, 8:00PM  Los Angeles Philharmonic Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor Jeremy Denk, piano;  Los Angeles Master Chorale Beethoven’s Ninth and Choral Fantasy 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA, 90068. 323.850.2000 http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/ Fusion Fridays- Pacific Asia Museum Fri. Aug. 19 7:30-10:30pm Island Style Grand Finale Polynesian dance in the courtyard, classic Hawaiian music by Moana in the upstairs lounge. Free for members, $15 for non-members. 46 North Los Robles Avenue. Pasadena, CA 91101-2071(626) 449-5269 For more information, please visit: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/ Southwest Chamber Music Festival Sat. Aug 20 and Sun. Aug 21- 7:30 p.m Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quintet for Horn and Strings, K. 407; Wadada Leo Smith Ten

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News Update: Stolen Rembrandt found in Encino Church

Only three days after a Rembrandt drawing valued at $250,000 was snatched from the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, “The Judgement,” turned up mysteriously at St. Nicholas of Myra Episcopal Church in Encino. An assistant priest noticed the drawing placed inside his boss’ office. He assumed that it was a donation by a parishioner before recognizing the work as the stolen Rembrandt. Questions abound: Why did the art thief dump the painting in the church? Was it a spiritual crisis of conscience? Or a convenient place without security cameras? Did the title of Rembrandt’s drawing, “The Judgement,” give the thief pause? How did the art thief get access to the church’s inside office? Did he watch Ben Affleck’s heist-caper “The Town” too many times and don a nun disguise? Do we know for a fact that the drawing dumped

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